Is artificial grass is safer than a traditional field?
As artificial grass grows in popularity around the world, more homeowners, parents and athletes are seeking proven information on whether it is the safest option for their landscaping usage.
There are several factors that can be researched in order to determine which is safest. Below are the three most discussed topics.
A big safety concern for many users is the rumors of lead being spread through artificial grass. Lead exposure has been linked to behavioral issues, colic, cognitive impairments and a variety of more severe symptoms. In 2008, the Center for Environmental Health and artificial turf manufacturers agreed to put policies in place that ensures lead would no longer be a problem for artificial grass. That does not mean all products are 100 percent lead free. Lower-quality products may contain traces of lead. That is why it’s vital to choose a reputable company.
While the past generations of artificial turf did have more lead than today’s generation, the threat is very minimal. You could even make the argument that people are exposed to more toxic chemical from herbicides and pesticides on natural grass. Many installers of today’s artificial grass will scan for traces of lead and other hazardous wastes.
Tripping Hazards and Injuries
There are studies conducted on whether artificial grass or natural grass is safer when considering injuries. In 2010, the American Journal of Sports Medicine conducted a study showing that few injuries were reported when playing on artificial turf. Another study by the same institution found that when it came to high school injuries, incidents were reports at similar rates on both types of grasses. The results have varied like this for years.
The truth is that both natural grass and artificial turf have potential hazards. If either grass is improperly installed, then tripping hazards increase tremendously. Real grass is installed as sod and most of the time has an uneven surface full of lumps that may be unnoticeable once grass have grown. These invisible hills can cause minor and major tripping hazards for everyone. Before growing natural grass, the installer must level the surface to ensure no hills are present. Natural grass can also have erosion happen over time causing uneven layouts.
If not installed correctly, artificial grass can also present hazards. An experienced installer ensures that the artificial surface is sculpted at all levels. The infill used in artificial grass also acts as an extra layer of padding to enhance safety from falls.
All lawns, natural and artificial can grow bacteria. You can use harmful chemicals on natural grass to try to avoid bacteria build-up but it’s simpler with artificial grass. Artificial turf can easily be rinsed and sprayed with non-toxic cleaners.
Is artificial grass safer than natural grass? It’s a question we all ask, and it all depends on your opinion. Artificial grass limits chemical usage, lowers carbon footprint and provides level surface. This alone makes artificial grass more safe than natural grass.
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