Using loose fill materials, such as pea gravel, sand, shredded/recycled rubber mulch, wood mulch, and wood chips on your playground helps cushion falls and minimizes the risk of cuts, scrapes, and other injuries. Pay close attention to the ground under swings and at slide exits, as these areas are more susceptible to ground erosion. Concrete, asphalt, grass, dirt, and compacted clay are not appropriate protective surfaces.
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