Kindergartens, Playgrounds and Schools
For Children’s Safety
Whether in rainy autumn weather or on a bright sunny day: children need as many opportunities as possible to play outside or dream up castles in a sandbox.
When playing it is easy for children to overlook the center pole of a parasol. To prevent unnecessary tears from falling the impact protector, which is wrapped around the pole, absorbs the force reducing the risk of injury. Even the in-ground installation, which was especially designed for sandboxes, disappears deep beneath the sand also protecting the children from injury. Digging deep and playing under a parasol is possible without the danger of getting hurt or tripping.
Every season bears risks and young children have particularly sensitive skin – especially with regards to UV radiation. Children’s natural UV-protection only develops gradually in the early years of life. Even on a cloudy day up to 80 percent of the UV radiation passes through to the skin. Often natural protection like shady trees is missing at kindergartens or on playgrounds.
This is where large Bahama parasols offer reliable sun protection. And even a rainy day can’t dampen children’s enthusiasm for the great outdoors.
DIN and EN Standards
German DIN standards or European EN Standards are references, i.e. »private guidelines based on recommendations«, which are often relevant when it comes to questions of insurance and liability. Such standards are based on the secured results from science, technology and experience.
There are German as well as EU standards (DIN EN 1176) for outside playing areas that regulate the safety requirements of on-site equipment. Subject to these are playgrounds, kindergartens, schools and similar facilities as well as private settings such as outdoor restaurants and housing complexes. Bahama large-size parasols don’t count as conventional playing equipment, nevertheless they are an important part of the design of a playing area.
Bahama large-size parasols with their installation options comply with these safety requirements – especially for sandboxes buried beneath the ground to eliminate the risk of tripping. Even little fingers can’t get pinched in the spring buckle in the handle on the pole. The technology for opening and closing is therefore safer than those of common large- size parasols with cranks and their insertion holes.
With regards to »sun protection« there are no legally bind- ing regulations concerning the above mentioned outside areas. However, persons in charge, like supervisors or teachers, are obligated to protect the children entrusted to them from every form of danger and injury. UV radiation harbors a high risk of sunburns and an increased risk of skin cancer as well as allergies and sunstroke. Sun protection for children and infants must, therefore, be given extra special attention.
Based on the existing safety standards, but also with regards to other potential safety hazards like UV radiation, special Bahama models have been designed with children’s safety in mind. They fulfill special criteria: to reliably protect children, to support supervisory personnel during their daily work and to give parents a good feeling. And next to all these safety aspects the large-size parasols create a beautiful atmosphere so playing is even more fun.
The Heart of it All
Bahama large-size parasols display excellent features for outside playing areas:
The textile fabric used has been approved according to UV standards and has an “excellent” dermatological UV sun protection factor (according to DIN EN 13758)
UPF 50+ allows less than one fiftieth (< 2%) of the UV radiation through the textile membrane and onto the skin.
High wind stability with the corresponding safety
Standard complying installation options without tripping hazards, also especially for sandboxes
Well-cushioned and visible impact protection around the pole (soft foam safeguard with Velcro fastener)
Quick and easy opening and closing
Tension latches with spring buckles for opening and closing instead of a crank; no trap for pinching fingers (relevant for safety requirements and standards)
Cylindrical lock in the tension latches prevents unauthorized opening and closing, especially by children
Textile membrane with the OEKO-TEX 100 Standard, Class 1 for environmental protection and sustainability
Absolutely waterproof, dirt-repellant and washable textile membrane
Analogous to the sun protection factor/SPF all textiles are labeled with the ultraviolet protection factor/UPF. Built into the fabric it protects against hazardous UV radiation. Bahama uses the fabric brand betex®05 for the production of its parasol textile membranes. This material fulfills the requirements for UPF50+, which indicates an »excellent« dermatological UV protection factor according to DIN EN 13758 and allows less than one fiftieth (<2%) of the UV radiation through the textile membrane onto the skin.
At first it may seem a bit far-fetched to consider producing children’s coats from parasol fabric. At the same time the textile membranes produced exclusively for Bahama all carry the Class 1 OEKO-TEX 100 standard. Class 1 complies with the standards for baby clothing with direct skin contact. Even when children don’t have direct skin contact with the parasol, environmental compatibility and sustainability do affect them.
Metal or soft padding? Some questions answer themselves when it comes to eliminating the risk of getting hurt. The impact protection ensures this doesn’t happen. It surrounds the stable center pole of the parasol with a soft foam safeguard.
Depending on the size, Bahama umbrellas offer sufficient ground clearance.
A number of mobile and stationary installation options are available. All Bahama installation options will adequately secure the parasol.
Sleeve for installation, for example, in sandboxes (complies with DIN EN 1176)
Permanent with in-ground sleeve or semi-permanent with on-ground steel plate
Depending on the installation type and size of parasol:
Event up to max. wind force 10 95 km/h
Jumbrella up to max. wind force 10 102 km/h
Jumbrella XL up to max. wind force 11 110 km/h
Mobile with a cross-frame for flagstones
Strong gusts of wind don’t announce their coming, they surprise you. The combination of high-quality materials and structural features make Bahama’s large-size parasols especially sturdy. Greater sturdiness also means better stability making them safer at the same time.