Safer Surfacing, Safer Play
"If the first splash pads were designed today, independent of the custom of concrete pool floors, we believe concrete—and other hard materials—would never have been considered for surfacing."
Splash pads have grown from a niche feature that was added on to existing pools or fountains to a nearly half-billion dollar industry in less than 30 years, but the safety regulations surrounding them haven't yet caught up. That must change.
This is the report we presented to the NSF/ANSI Standard 50 joint committee to help begin the process of bringing safety regulations into the 21st century. We hope you'll read it and join us in securing a safer future for the families that rely on their local splash pad for relief from the summer heat.
"The effort comes in response to the number of injuries taking place on hard surfaces, said Jonathan Keller, chair of the standard-writing committee and CEO of Life Floor, a Minneapolis-based surfacing-product manufacture. Dry playgrounds do have such standards, and the injury rate has been reduced, Keller said based on his company's analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, zero-depth interactive water features have not been held to the same standards."
So What's Next?
A Task Group has been formed by NSF/ANSI Standard 50 joint committee with the mission of making a draft standard for aquatic safety surfacing. As they get started, we're soliciting as much feedback as we can to help make that draft standard as good as it can possibly be, so if you have thoughts, questions, or comments, please reach out to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or you can give us a call at 612-567-2813.