Trampolines are an excellent source of entertainment and fun for kids. You can keep it fun by preventing injuries. Over 247,000 trampoline injuries occur each year in the United States. Of those injuries, 75% occur in children 14 or younger.
Where you put your trampoline is the first rule of safety. Be sure the area is free from potential hazards such as fences, hedges, trees, and rocks. Do not place the trampoline on concrete or other hard surfaces unless you have crash mats and safety nets in place.
Your trampoline should have at least 8 feet of clear space around it and using sand, bark, or other materials in this space to cushion the ground is highly recommended. You should also only have a trampoline if you have a fenced area to limit access to it.
Jumping Safety Rules
Next, your children should be supervised during playtime on a trampoline. They should also know the rules to keep them on the trampoline and out of the hospital. Children under the age of 6 should never be allowed on a trampoline.
Although kids absolutely love to do stunts on trampolines – it should not be permitted. Somersaults and stunts are the leading causes of trampoline deaths resulting from neck and head injuries. Only one person should be allowed to jump at a time to avoid unnecessary collisions.
Kids should not bounce off the trampoline. Instead, they should walk to the edge, sit, and slide off. The trampoline should only be used when it is dry. Wet trampolines present other dangers and increase the possibility of injury.
Trampoline Buying Tips
Rectangular trampolines have a much higher injury rate due to their dangerously high bounce-rate. We recommend only buying round trampolines that have a safety net around the perimeter.
Be sure the trampoline has shock-absorbing safety pads that completely cover the springs, hooks, and frame. Ensure that you follow the instructions for assembly in its entirety and follow the safety guidelines that are included with your trampoline.
You should also perform routine inspections of the trampoline to check for loose, missing, or broken parts. If you find a fault in the trampoline do not allow it to be used until you have fixed the problem.