Is your playground safe?

Playground Safety Fencing

According to RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), approximately 40,000 children are injured in playgrounds every year, resulting in hospital visits.

Bad equipment design and failure to comply with standards contribute to these incidents. Poor installation and lack of regular maintenance and inspection also present additional dangers. There are rules and regulations governing the safe safe design and installation of playground equipment, which should be enforced when playgrounds are built. Introduced in 1998, the European Safety Standards for Children's Play Areas, EN1176 & 1177, provide clear guidelines for manufacturers and installers of playground equipment. However, these guidelines are not enforceable by law. As such, the onus to comply lies with responsible manufacturers and forward-thinking councils, or those responsible for the installation of playgrounds.

Creating a safe playground that also offers a stimulating and enjoyable experience for children is a delicate balance. It's a challenge that requires careful consideration and adherence to safety standards.

Getting the right balance

No playground can be an 100% safe area; children always find new ways to challenge equipment, but the guidance laid down as part of the European Standards for Children’s Playground Equipment sets a yard stick which all local authorities and other organisations should be looking for when installing and upgrading their playgrounds.

Understanding BS EN 1176

Although not legally required, BS EN 1176 provides guidelines for safe fencing and gates, ensuring children's safety by preventing entrapment and using durable materials. Jacksons Fencing offers compliant solutions like Anti-Trap Bow Top fencing and gates designed for maximum safety and minimal maintenance.

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Jacksons Fencing takes pride in the safety features of its Anti-Trap Bow Top fences, timber Playtime® fencing, and steel Playtime® fencing. These products are meticulously designed to comply with the BS EN 1176 regulations, making them the perfect choice for schools and playgrounds. The wider gap between the hoops on the Anti-Trap Bow Top fencing is a key safety feature, ensuring that children cannot get their limbs stuck between the pales. With their adjustable timing mechanism, our self-closing gates further enhance security within an enclosed space. Rest assured, our Anti Trap Bow Top, safety gates, and playtime fencing have RoSPA approval.

Adjustments to widen the gaps on bow top fences and gates is a simple solution to avoid children’s limbs becoming stuck. Still, many companies that manufacture playground equipment continue to produce railings and fences which present potential dangers. As a responsible manufacturer, we strive to provide quality products and services. We recognise that we have a duty of care to provide the safest possible environment for children to play in so that the people who commission upgrading and installing new playgrounds can be sure that our children’s playgrounds are not potential death traps.


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Various Acts of Parliament already cover liability, including the 1957 Occupier’s Liability Act, 1974’s Health & Safety at Work Act and 1999’s Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations. Today’s litigious society allows little room for manoeuvre for authorities who ignore or neglect these areas of responsibility, and injured children are always going to be high-profile media stories. Manufacturers and stakeholders responsible for the order or installation of playgrounds in the UK are faced with the prospect of instigating safe design while balancing an exciting play space that children will want to return to again and again. All of this needs to conform to parent expectations and reduce natural worries.

It is evident that there are measures in place that govern the installation of safer playgrounds. The onus is placed upon playground managers and those responsible for commissioning them to choose manufacturers that adopt these measures as standard. If the number of children injured during what should be a time of fun and play is to be reduced, it is crucial to ask, ‘Is your playground safe?’.

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Are you working on a school or playground project that requires fencing and gates? We have a wide range of welded mesh panels, vertical bar railings, sports fencing, and anti-trap, RoSPA approved playground safe solutions. Request a free, no obligation quote here.

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