Question about how to safetyproof metal square posts in a Headstart playground area with Boing yellow corner strips
Q: "The director of my Headstart Program wants to protect children in our playground from (16) sixteen 90 degree angle square metal posts. He wants each post protected at least 48 inches from the base of each post. Four metal posts are 4 inches on a side. The other 12 metal metal posts are 3 inches on a side. What do you suggest? Thanks. Helen from Texas."
Answer: After reviewing all the options, I phoned my manufacturer. The only option is to purchase the Basic Corner Strips, cut them and stack them to the appropriate height. These are "Skin Urethane" molded foam strips with a shock absorbing "inner" foam and a thick outer “skin” to protect from abrasion, UV rays, moisture and bacteria.
Polyurethane is a completely self-skinning polymer that is stain-resistant, puncture-resistant and remarkably easy to clean.It resists staining caused by grease, chemicals, waste products, and other liquids, and can be cleaned as easily as a countertop. Polyurethane is naturally antibacterial/antimicrobial and odor-resistant, making it ideal for clean room environments.
Each shape of protective padding or protective corners is made to specific dimensions and baked in a mold for 30-40 minutes. This basic corner strip is currently available in yellow, red, green, blue, orange and ivory. The primary colors are the most popular for safety proofing, especially the yellow. Black and grey are usually available. At this writing, January 7, 2013, neither is available.
I suggest you purchase the case of 25 yellow as you need at least 20 and this is the most economical way to buy. Each stick is 39.5 inches long (39.4 inches on the inside) by 2.25 inches by 2.25 inches and 1/2 inch thick. Cut the sticks to stack them the height that you want. Put the cut side at the bottom and use silicone to seal that edge when you cut these lengths to stack to the 48 inches that your director wants: then water and moisture do not effect the strip. These strips are made to be installed either inside or outside. You need a minimum of 20 strips to cover the 48 inches. This product covers the sharp corner edges of the 90 degree angle posts. There is no product to will "fill in" the missing space.
Boing Safety Corner Edge Strip Features:
- Designed for all types of wall/equipment/furniture corners, fireplaces etc.
- Also great for "square posts".
- Shock Absorbing.
- Durable and long lasting.
- Easy installation.
- Use "GE-Silicone I" or II brand Rubber Silicone.
- Quick repair or replacement.
- Can be used indoors or outdoors.
- Fire retardant.
- UV treated.
- Non-toxic: contains no PVC or phthalates.
- 10 colors: Red, Orange,Yellow, Ivory,Green, Sky Blue, Indigo, Grey, Brown, and Purple.
- Colors match 3 D Corner Cushions (not included).
- Dimensions: Each stick is 39.5" long x 2.25" x 2.25" x 1/2" thick.
- Non returnable if used.
- Limited 1 year manufacturer's warranty.
Basic corner strips are also available in boxes of 4 and 10 strips. Please contact us if you have more questions. Thank you for the opportunity to quote.