A new product made from recycled tyres could dramatically reduce the figure of 100,000 children hospitalised through accidents each year.
The innovative new safety surface being manufactured by Gloucester-based Terrasofta can be used beneath play equipment both at home and in public play areas, countering the alarming statistic that around 300 children and young people were killed in accidents last year.
While utilising a troublesome waste stream, the product is in line with a recent Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents finding that concentrating too much on safety has led to the creation of staid public play areas which fails to attract children.
But with Terrasofta’s ‘safety net’ placed under equipment, it does not give the play area an impression of being over-protected.
Terrasofta business development manager Karen Holton said: “For thousands of parents there is nothing more precious than their children, yet each year thousands of them go through agonies when their sons and daughters are injured in accidents, many of which could have been prevented.
“Our product could realistically help cut the numbers of accidents that occur at home and in the playground when children use play equipment.
At the same time, we are making use of unwanted tyres- turning them from something discarded into something useful and potentially life-saving.”