Tukataka Tower product test – are our Learning Towers safe?
Check out this product test that we have conducted on the Tukataka Learning Tower. We've thrown the Tower on the ground, tugged it, spun it, allowed it to fall on its side, even scalded it with a blowtorch!
We have conducted the product test to ensure that the Tukataka Learning Towers are safe, of high quality, and durable. The testing criteria were in line with the CE Certification system. The CE mark is a European conformity mark that indicates that a product meets the essential requirements of the relevant EU directives and standards for that product. This means that we have ensured that the product parameters correspond to the declared parameters and European technical and safety standards.
In other words, if the product has a CE Certificate, it is safe to use. :-)
Brexit notice: From 1st January 2021 UKCA marking will begin to replace CE marking for goods being placed on the GB market. The essential requirements for safety of products will be largely the same.
Please check out videos from our testing and the testing results.
Fall test and accidental Fall prevention
During these tests, we have simulated the Tower falling forward and backwards. During the forward fall simulation, the Tower only started to tip at a tilt of 15-20 degrees. The backward fall simulation was even more stable due to the centre of gravity. It only started to tip over at a greater angle. The sides of the Learning Tower can withstand a tilt of 10-15 degrees without tipping over.
This indicates that when the Tukataka Learning Tower is used in a reasonable manner, it tends to return to its original position when tilted.
Drop test and a sideway fall test
We performed a drop test using an unpainted Learning Tower. We dropped the Learning Tower (from a height of approximately 90 centimetres) onto the ground three times in succession.
We have examined the Tower for damages afterwards, and there were no abrasions or chips, no small abrasions, nothing.
The second test was a Sideway fall test. We tilted the Learning Tower and let it fall sideways three times. The Learning Tower survived the Sideway fall test without damage. These tests indicate that our Learning Towers are durable, strong, and can withstand fairly significant falls.
Fire resistance test
To perform this test, we used a blowtorch. An area of the unvarnished Learning Tower was exposed to the flame for 10 seconds at a 45-degree angle. Next, we have exposed a larger area of the tower to the flame, but the flame did not spread.
The second test was performed using a painted Learning Tower. We used the same process. A single area was exposed to the flame for 10 seconds at a 45-degree angle. Next, we have exposed a larger area of the tower to the flame for over 10 seconds. While the paint showed slight fire damage, the flame did not spread.
Both these tests indicate that our Learning Towers are fire and flame resistant.
Twist and Pull test
We tested the resistance by twisting the top of the tower sideways. We pulled it towards us with the right hand and away from us with the left hand.
We attempted to pull both the bars and the legs of the tower apart with no results. We also tested the strength of the legs by twisting clockwise and anticlockwise.
We have also tested the abacus fitting. The Tukataka Learning Tower passed all twist and pull tests without the slightest sign of damage.
Load compression test
To determine the strength of the step inside our Learning Tower, we've performed a load compression test. Using a prism style base made of solid wood, our colleague applied pressure in the centre of the step where a child would normally stand. He used his body weight to test the strength of the step where the pressure was concentrated to a single point. The step withstood this test without any damage.
The results of the test prove that the mechanical and physical properties of the step are suitable for a child to stand on safely.
Surface finish test
Our colleague tested the entire surface of the Learning Tower for any splinters or irregularities. We can report that the Learning Tower passed with flying colours. The edges are perfectly rounded, and the entire surface has a smooth finish, which is safe for children’s little hands.
Solid wood and certified paints
We would like to point out that the Tukataka Learning Towers are made of solid spruce wood – not plywood! Furthermore, we only use child-safe paint, which is natural, non-toxic and is Certified Safe.
Test results and CE certification
As the above tests prove, Tukataka Learning Tower is a premium and top-quality product. It is stable and will not topple. It can withstand falls, throws, drops, twisting and pulling. Both materials and surfaces are not only fire resistant but also perfectly smooth.
Thanks to these rigorous tests, we have obtained CE Certification! Yet another certificate for our collection! We hope that adding this Certificate to other certificates recognising good quality products reassures our clients that our products are safe and compliant with the European technical and safety standards.
We firmly believe that the Tukataka Learning Tower is your winner
We hope the tests have aroused your interest in our Learning Towers. If you are looking for a safe, stable and solid Learning Tower, look no further. Tukataka Learning Tower is the perfect choice for you!