Playground safety and security

Play is an essential part of a child's development, and outdoor play areas give children the space to follow their own ideas and interests, socialise with friends, and keep physically active. In order for this to be effective and allow parents to relax while children play independently, the area needs to be safe. Play equipment that is designed to correct safety standards is a given, but many do not realise the dangers that an unsuitable fence around a playground poses. There are an estimated 40,000 injuries to children on playgrounds each year which result in a hospital visit and potential legal action. Many of these include injuries from fencing that has an unsafe top, fencing being too close to play equipment, scratches or splinters from peeling paint, loose nails or rough timber, trapped limbs between incorrectly spaced pales, and fingers crushed by gates slamming shut. Investing in safe fencing means investing in a child's safe and happy development through play.

Jacksons BS EN 1176 compliant and RoSPA approved play fencing and gates
Anti-Trap Bow Top Fencing
Bow Top Anti trap Panels

Anti-Trap Bow Top is designed to provide permanent protection for playgrounds and play areas. It features our welded tubular pale through rail design, scalloped rail ends and

 Vandal proof connectors to provide a strong structure without visible joints. A key feature in the design is the wider gap between each hoop to prevent children getting their heads, necks or limbs stuck between pales. The design fully conforms to play fence standards BS EN 1176 and is approved by RoSPA


Features and Benefits

  • Inherently safe
  • Strong welded pale through rail construction
  • Vandal-proof connectors
  • Domed top post caps with mechanical fixing to posts
  • Hot dip galvanised to BS EN 1461 as standard or galvanised and powder coated to BS EN 13438 in any BS or RAL colour to special order
  • Four standard heights from 1.0m to 1.8m
  • 25 year Service Life Guarantee

Playtime Timber Fencing

Timber school fencingPlaytime Timber Fencing is constructed to our unique design and manufactured from selected timber, Jakcure pressure treated to give a 25 year guarantee against rot and insect attack with no further treatment required.

Features and Benefits

  • Inherently safe
  • Self raking design for sloping ground
  • Substantial construction
  • Double, paired rails for strength
  • Planed posts, pales, rails and gravel boards
  • Plain Jakcure finish or further stained in colour combinations (yellow, green, blue, red)
  • 1.09m overall height
  • Stainless steel or galvanised fixings and fittings
  • 25 year Jakcure vacuum pressure treatment guarantee

Playtime Steel Fencing

metal playtimeOur steel Playtime fencing system is designed to provide a strong and secure enclose while its self raking design makes it ideal for sites on sloping ground.



Steel Playtime Gates - Features and Benefits

  • 1.0m overall height
  • Welded stopped pale through rail design
  • Hot dip galvanised to BS EN 1461 as standard or galvanised and powder coated to BS EN 13438 in any BS or RAL colour to special order
  • 25 year Service Life Guarantee

Timber Playtime Gates - Features and Benefits

  • 1.0m overall height
  • Hot dip galvanised and green powder coated steel frame
  • 25 year Jakcure vacuum pressure treatment guarantee on timber components
  • 25 year Service Life Guarantee on steel components

Steel Playtime Gates - Features and Benefits

  • 1.0m overall height
  • Welded stopped pale through rail design
  • Hot dip galvanised to BS EN 1461 as standard or galvanised and powder coated to BS EN 13438 in any BS or RAL colour to special order
  • 25 year Service Life Guarantee

Playground manufacturer chooses Playtime Timber fencing for Bognor Regis play park

Arun District Council selected Kompan Ltd, an award-winning playground solutions provider to design and build a new play area. Naturally, the play area needed boundary fencing to ensure children were kept safe and secure while having fun, and parents could keep an eye on their children without interfering.

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Maidstone Borough Council safely secures new Mote Park area with Anti Trap Bow Top fencing

As part of the regeneration, £300k is being invested on redesigning and rebuilding the popular children’s playground and play area. Plans for the new playground have been PiPA (Plan Inclusive Play Areas) approved, making it the only facility in Kent to offer this standard.

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Metal Playground fencing for Rhyl Rugby Club

We supplied our Anti-Trap Bow Top fencing for Rhyl Rubgy Club to create a boundary around the playground and provide a safe area to allow children to play.

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BS EN1176 Design and Specification considerations for fencing and gates to playgrounds and play areas include:

  • A minimum fence height of 1.0m
  • Raking panels for sloping sites to maintain fence height
  • Strong fixings to proprietary caps and edgings
  • Safe design to eliminate the risk of child entrapment within the fence
  • Capping to any sharp or protruding fixings.
  • Durable materials to resist any anticipated vandalism and likely usage
  • Durable coatings and treatments (e.g. the vacuum pressure impregnation of timber and hot dip galvanizing of steel etc)
  • Use of the best quality/largest sections of robust material(s) that can possibly be afforded at the outset to minimise the necessity for frequent repairs and maintenance
  • Timber should not be prone to splintering (eg planed timber instead of sawn)
  • Fencing should not be installed in such a way that it can be fallen on from a piece of play equipment or any bench seats
  • Gates should not be installed opening directly onto a hazard such as an open road
  • Gates should be a minimum of 1m open width and to allow passage of wheelchairs and pushchairs. They should open outwards except if they would cause a hazard to others i.e. opening into the path of pedestrians/cyclist etc. If gates open outwards then this will stop dogs from entering the play area
  • The use of self closing mechanism is strongly recommended to maintain the gate in the closed position and should not close quicker than 5 seconds to make access easier for wheelchair users and to prevent it from striking the back of children walking through
  • Maintenance gates should be wide enough to allow for all likely machinery but they should be kept locked when not in use
  • Gates should be a different colour to the fencing to make their location easily identifiable especially to those with visual impairment
  • RoSPA recommend the provision of a minimum of two gates to reduce risks of physical assault (one dominant child cannot easily block two gates – there is always an escape 
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