The playground is the heart of any school, day-care facility or community centre. Such playgrounds must be easily accessible and perfectly safe. When it comes to understanding and implementing Australian safety standards for playgrounds, it’s important to contact a professional for expert advice on important aspects such as fall zone requirements for playgrounds.
A fall zone refers to the space around and under playground equipment where children might be prone to falling. These areas are protected by a surface material and must be free of obstacles or other equipment. When it comes to Australian standards for playground soft fall preventative measures, the prevailing standard is AS 4685:2021. It was promulgated in 2004 and updated in 2021 to align with the European standard and worldwide trends for child safety in playgrounds. The standard defines various important concepts:
To fully comprehend AS 4685:2021 and its implications, it is best to seek out the assistance of a professional soft fall testing service provider. We can determine on-site if the fall zone of your playground complies with the necessary Australian standards.