Inflatable Safety that doesn’t Deflate the Fun

For decades inflatable attractions such as bounce houses and moonwalks have been a staple of birthday parties, block parties, and school events across the country, propelling the industry to an estimated $5.72 billion valuation reported by Technavio. Over the past 20 years, the popularity of inflatables has skyrocketed and has been enjoyed by millions of people, namely children. In that time, inflatable-related injuries sustained by children have seen similar growth with the Child Injury Prevention Alliance (CIPA) citing 30 per day, which is approximately one every 45 minutes. 

Eliminating Inflatable-Related Injury 

Despite being presented with such a daunting statistic, CIPA has recommendations on how to cut down on injuries. These tips include regulating the size/age range of child participants, cracking down on proper attire/behavior, and properly preparing the area surrounding the inflatable with a soft surface such as a gymnastics mat. 

For inflatable parks, the opportunities for safety precautions only increase. With the help of specially trained staff, surveillance capabilities, and a surplus of consistent floorspace, it’s easy to grant parents peace of mind when visiting the park. Consistent floorspace such as concrete is the perfect base for padded foam flooring, and it allows you to maximize safety in every square-inch of your park. 

One-Stop-Shop for Safety 

We Sell Mats understands the importance of safety when working with inflatables and greatly values the wellbeing of every participant, especially children. 

If you’re outfitting an inflatable amusement park, or simply preparing for a children’s event or birthday party, visit Wesellmats.com for the safety precautions necessary for inflatables. Our tumbling mats are an ideal surface at the entrances and exits of inflatables while any thickness or texture of our interlocking EVA foam tiles are easily expandable to border even the largest inflatables. 

Give Your School’s Gym a Professional Look and Feel

As we approach the second half of the school year, perhaps it’s time to start crunching the numbers on refitting the gymnasium and weight room at your school. After so many years of use, padding for areas like walls, poles, and floors can get worn out and unsanitary, defeating their intended purpose. Updating small details like these can also instantly transform your gym to make it look more modern. 

A Safe Multipurpose Room for Basketball and Beyond 

Despite many considering basketball a “limited-contact” sport, major wipeouts certainly happen, especially at the end of a high-speed drive to the hoop. Once a player completes a full-speed drive to the hoop, they may be in a situation where they have about 6 feet to stop before hitting a cinder block wall. In this case, the best way to prevent injury is padding on the wall to exponentially soften the impact. 

The same safety focus applies to freestanding poles. Padding wrapped around poles mean peace-of-mind in rooms with exposed support poles and in-floor basketball hoops. Precautions such as these mean safety for when the room is used for after-school sports, but also when it’s time for gym class and pep-rallies. 

Upgrading the Weight Room  

For the weight room, fitting it with new grip flooring can not only extend the life of equipment on top and the floor underneath, but it provides a forgiving surface that’s crucial for weightlifting safety, especially for students. If athletic training or gym class calls for bodyweight exercises on the floor, then a set of exercise mats are a great deployable surface for just about anything from free-weight exercises to yoga.  

Cost-Effective Gym Safety Solutions 

Our selection of protective paddingflooring tiles, and foldable exercise mats keep students safe and focused on having fun while exercising. Additionally, our safety padding for walls and poles are rated for high impact and can be customized with your school’s unique logo.  

We Sell Mats is dedicated to providing an environment that encourages smart fitness practices and safety for all. Check out more ways to update your school gym.  

Exploring Other Worlds from the Comfort of Your Home

Since the introduction of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in 2012, virtual reality (VR) has only skyrocketed in popularity, showing promise as the future of digital entertainment. As VR games and experiences have evolved, so has the gear.

Today, VR headsets come with loads of extra equipment such as controllers that track hand movement and room sensors that allow your movements within the play area to be translated into game movement.

The extra equipment, bulky cords and blindness to the player’s surroundings have made VR a tough sell for many consumers which has made the creation of dedicated in-home VR rooms a necessity for the aspiring VR enthusiast.

How to Create the Ultimate VR Room

Since you are blind to the real world when you’re in VR, it is crucial that the area is safe for the player.

  • For size, the typical VR play area is roughly a 10’ x 10’ square in order to keep the player a safe distance from others and to get the most out of features like HTC VIVE’s room-scale mode.
  • Soft padded flooring like our EVA foam tiles is the method of choice for VR experts as they provide plenty of grip and support for whatever the VR world throws at you.
  • Another great way to ensure the safety of the player is to add a tactile buffer zone at the edge of the play area so the player can feel when they are about to leave the play area or hit a wall. A clever way to do this is to place our carpet-top tiles around the border of the play area EVA tiles to give the player a warning that won’t detract from the experience.

Once your play area and flooring are squared away, all you have to do is button-up the details. Placing furniture outside the play area and adding a large screen to show what the player is viewing is a great way to make VR a group activity.

Additionally, by removing reflective surfaces such as mirrors and giving the room sensors a solid background to distinguish you from the surroundings, you are less likely to confuse the system for a next-level VR experience.

The Future of Entertainment

With a snazzy and safe new VR room in your home, you’re ready to experience everything the virtual world has to offer. We Sell Mats is proud to offer the best source to purchase a wide variety of EVA foam mats that will get you VR game-ready in no time.

3 Tests to Find the Best Foam Mats for Kids

When you’re looking for foam mats that are ideal for your kids, you’ll have certain questions as you shop. Will this mat protect my kids from bumps and bruises? My kids spill everything… are these mats easy to clean? I’m nervous that my baby will try to put this in her mouth; how do I know these mats are safe and non-toxic?

As you can imagine, we get all these questions and more every day and want to list a few things our customers should look for when discerning if a mat is up to quality standards.

Note: All interlocking EVA foam mats are intended for ages 3 and up. This is due to a potential choking hazard posed by the interlocking tabs should they be torn or bitten off from the mats.

  1. The “Bonk” Test
    In most cases, the primary reason parents shop for foam mats is to protect children from falling on hard surfaces. Caretakers want peace of mind knowing that if a child takes a spill during playtime, they’re going to be able to get right back up again without any tears. The key in this instance is the thickness of the mat.

Of course, there are no products that can keep us 100% safe from every fall, but in order to protect from minor bumps and bruises, you need a mat that is at least 3/8″ inch (10mm) thick. Mats that are thinner, such as yoga mats, are not designed for shock absorption, but rather for traction and mild padding. If your baby tips over sideways from a seated position on a 1/8″ thick yoga mat, there’s still going to be a bonk and some tears. EVA foam mats which are 3/8″ or thicker provide enough shock absorption to protect your little ones from the frequent falls that come with the territory of learning to crawl or walk.

  1. The Mess Test
    Oftentimes when people think of foam, they envision squishy blocks of padding, that quickly absorb liquid spills and are difficult to keep clean. Thankfully, because EVA foam is extremely high-density, cleaning up everyday household spills is a breeze.We’ve yet to come across a spill which couldn’t be quickly wiped up with a paper towel or dissolved with a mild solution of soap and water. Even if your mats should somehow become thoroughly soaked, most of the liquid will simply wick away. The mats can then air-dry either outdoors in the sunlight, or indoors with the help of a fan.
  2. The Safety Test
    Foam mats come in a variety of sizes, colors and thicknesses, but nothing is more important than making sure your family is not exposed to any dangerous or harmful materials. When shopping for mats, take the time to check the material’s safety data to ensure that the mats are BPA-free, Lead-free and completely non-toxic.You may even wish to ask about potential allergens like Latex in case anyone in your family has a sensitivity. All of We Sell Mats’ EVA foam has undergone independent third-party testing to prove that our mats are free of any dangerous materials and completely safe for household use.

As long as the mats you’re considering to purchase pass these three tests, you can feel confident you’re making a good choice for your home and family. Check out our line of EVA foam mats for stylish and cost-effective flooring for playrooms, daycares, classrooms and beyond.

Is Your Mat Obstacle Ready?

In the last 10 years, obstacle course races (or OCRs) have seen a more than 2000% increase in participation. This is most likely due to the laundry list of benefits participants gravitate towards in OCRs over a traditional 5k.

Popular obstacle course races such as the Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and Rugged Maniac are extremely grueling events that feature tall walls to scale, heavy lifting, electric shocks, and lots of mud. To regular participants, this full-body workout along with the added danger and adrenaline makes OCRs that much more appealing than a normal foot race.

Trusted Mats to Fall Back on

Stadium Blitz, a newcomer to the OCR scene ditches the muddy terrain and harsh obstacles by taking over football stadiums all across the country with obstacles that escalate across three levels of intensity.

Sponsored by three-time Super Bowl champion, tight-end Rob Gronkowski, it seems appropriate that this event takes place in a football stadium. Stadium Blitz is at the forefront of athlete safety and part of this commitment is trusting in We Sell Mats’ standard safety fitness mats which are underneath some of the event’s most intense “Blitz” level obstacles.

The Complexities of Obstacle Course Racing

As you may expect, putting hundreds of eager athletes on a course with massive drops, barbed wire, and water of an unknown depth has caused several injuries. Most injuries are none more than a story-worthy battle scar or a gnarly bruise for those victorious to share on their social media feeds, but at least once per event, there is a big one, requiring immediate medical attention.

Thankfully, as new obstacle course racing companies grow to prominence, there are more efforts on improving safety, working to one day have it standardized.

As for the more extreme industry leaders, there are plenty of ways to make courses safe without compromising the high-stakes energy. Diamond plate patterned foam tiles provide a forgiving surface with a rugged look, and rubber flooring can provide needed grip in wet environments. Wherever the future of OCR safety leads, We Sell Mats has the products to accomplish the safety goals of any event.

Now Accepting Apple Pay on WeSellMats.com

Did you know that over half of the visits to WeSellMats.com happen on a mobile device, and over 60% of those visits happen on an Apple device such as an iPhone or iPad? To better serve our visitors, we are pleased to announce that we now offer support for Apple Pay, allowing visitors to check out easily on their Apple device without ever having to pull out their wallet.

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Preparing for Allergy Season – Indoors

There have been a few warm-ish days in the South this past week, and one hopes the trees don’t get the wrong idea. It’s not exactly Spring yet, which means allergy season should be several weeks off at the very least. But even if the buds aren’t popping out yet, there are things you can do to prepare your home to be a haven from outdoor and indoor allergens. Continue reading “Preparing for Allergy Season – Indoors”

Commercial Flooring Options

Safety, safety, safety. If you run a gym or a martial arts studio, you know the mantra. You have to provide a top-quality service with the best equipment in a professional environment. And that environment must communicate safety to your clients or they’ll look somewhere else. We Sell Mats speaks the safety language and we have two highly functional flooring choices to help you make your facility attractive, clean, and safe. Continue reading “Commercial Flooring Options”

Controlling Kids’ Allergies

According to the Center for Disease Control, allergic conditions are among the most common medical condition affecting children in the United States. Some kids become hypersensitive to things in their environments like food or pollen that trigger allergic reactions. Hay fever, the most common respiratory allergy, is a reaction to small particulates that our kids breathe. Obviously the air outdoors will contain many respiratory allergens, but so can our family rooms, our kids’ bedrooms, and their playrooms. To cut back on the irritants in these areas, the Asthma and Allergy foundation makes several recommendations for controlling the air quality in your home. Continue reading “Controlling Kids’ Allergies”