While trampolines are an excellent source of exercise and fun for the whole family, they can also be dangerous if safety precautions are not taken seriously or the trampoline is used improperly. It is essential that you do your research, read up on trampoline safety, and educate your children or any other jumpers before use.
Check with your homeowner’s insurance before purchasing:
Many insurers do not cover trampoline-related injuries and some have been known to cancel a policy entirely if a trampoline is on the property. Others will require you to abide by specific safety precautions (installing an enclosure, place them away from potential hazards, etc). Check with your insurer and confirm their policy before purchase.
Thoroughly read the users’ manual and safety guidelines:
You should receive these with any trampoline that you purchase. Read thoroughly and educate your family, friends or any other potential jumpers before trampoline use.
Supervision is a must:
Make sure there is always adult supervision when children are using the trampoline. This supervisor should not just monitor, but also strictly enforce all rules.
Anchor your trampoline to the ground:
While most trampolines are built to endure strong winds, it is best to take extra precautions and anchor your trampoline to the ground with an anchor kit. These usually must be purchased separately from the trampoline.
Secure your trampoline with a safety enclosure and spring pads:
Avoid injuries by enclosing your trampoline with a good quality net and shock-absorbing safety pads that completely cover springs. These additions will prevent children from bouncing/falling off the side of the trampoline, as well as injuries related to spring contact.
Location, location, location:
Place your trampoline on a level ground free of potential hazards (tree branches, power lines, fences, etc.). Also place on a soft, cushiony ground and avoid placing on or near concrete or asphalt (unless using crash mats and a net).
1 person at a time:
Although many do not abide by this rule, you should never allow more than one jumper at a time. Multiple jumpers mean increased risk of injury.
Do not permit flips and somersaults
One of the biggest causes of injuries on a trampoline is failed attempts of flips and somersaults. These should only be practiced by training professionals.
No jumping off the trampoline
Children should exit the trampoline with a ladder or help from an adult. Do not allow them to jump off the side when finished. Keep in mind, it is advised to put the ladder out of reach of trampoline when it is not in use to prevent children accessing the trampoline unsupervised.
You should frequently inspect your trampoline for any damage and replace spring pads and enclosure netting when necessary.
If you take all precautions, educate all jumpers and follow the trampoline safety guidelines provided to you, trampolines can be a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Make sure you do your research and read reviews before purchasing to find the best trampoline for you and your family, friends and neighbors!