As we discuss the aesthetic that fabric membranes and tension structures bring to a given area, we often don’t mention their most important benefit of all – the impact they can have on public health. Nowhere is that more evident than on the playground, where our most important citizens are outside and exposed to the elements.
When designing outdoor playgrounds, architects need to consider not only the look and feel of the area, but also how safely its patrons can actually use its functionality. In other words, kids need a safe space. Here’s how fabric membranes help contribute to that:
Reducing the Risk of Skin Cancer
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will get skin cancer during their lifetime. The risk amplifies the longer you have sun exposure – so if your children are regularly getting sunburned while playing outside, their chances of one day developing skin cancer may actually increase compared to the average American. Fabric membranes provide shade to an area, giving kids the protection they need while playing to their hearts’ content.
Allowing Vitamin D Enrichment
Any doctor will tell you that Vitamin D is vital for a child’s growth – and most commonly gets produced through exposure to the sun. But it’s a fine line between getting that outdoor warmth and being burned while out on the playground. Fabric membranes assist on both fronts. Our innovative tensile structures come in a variety of fabrics that can still allow some sunlight through, without overexposing children and making them more susceptible to burns. That means your kids still get the Vitamin D enrichment they need, without the risk that’s also associated with sun exposure.
Preventing Heat Exhaustion
But it’s not only your skin you have to worry about when it comes to being outside for long periods of time. Heat exhaustion is a very real and common possibility on the playground. Kids forget to hydrate – and sometimes, they’re having too much of a fun time to think about their health. Fabric membranes give them cooler, safer areas to play in without compromising on their good time.
Get Your Tension Structure Initiative Started
In the Tension Structures Division of Eide Industries, we specialize in the design, engineering, manufacturing, and installation of structurally complex and creatively challenging commercial, government, and prototype design projects. We provide expertise and support for architects, landscape designers, general contractors, and property owners to develop their custom tensile membrane project ideas and construct iconic structures. Explore the options for your next project. Contact one of our experts today by calling 800-422-6827.