Jumping on a trampoline has always been a source of fun and exercise for both adults and children for years. Unfortunately, the threat of a possible trampoline injury can happen especially when children are involved. Before letting your children bounce, read these outdoor trampoline safety tips that can help significantly aid in saving your children from injuries and even death!
Do not install trampoline near trees, poles, fences or electrical objects
While installing the trampoline, ensure that you have a safety perimeter of at least 8 feet or more around your trampoline and that its away from trees, fences poles or walls. If children jump too high and fall off the trampoline, the presence of trees, fences, garden furniture, poles, walls etc. may increase the severity of an injury. The frame of your trampoline is also made of steel and it will conduct electricity. No electrical equipment (lights, heaters, extension cords, household appliances, etc.) should be permitted on or around the equipment under any circumstances to avoid the risk of electrocution.
Check springs and hardware before each use
Trampoline springs together with the jump mat create the proper tension to enable you to bounce when you jump. Check to make sure all the springs are properly fixed in their position. Springs should be intact and securely attached at both ends. Hanging springs may lead to unnecessary injuries in case of an accident. In case some springs wear out and become stretched or corroded contact the manufacturer to get replacement springs.
Never allow trampoline to be used without a spring pad
Spring pads are designed to protect children from bouncing onto the metal frame and springs of your trampoline. Your children may land on the steel frame, springs or even hooks if they are left uncovered. Make sure the safety pad is in good condition and appropriately placed around the entire frame of the trampoline.
Purchase a trampoline that comes with a safety net enclosure
When purchasing your trampoline, consider models with trampoline safety nets as part of the design, or buy it at the same time.Trampoline safety nets are very important in preventing your children from not only hitting hard components like the springs or frame, it will also prevent them from falling off the trampoline onto the ground.
Always remove any jewelry or sharp objects before jumping
Children sometimes forget to remove their jewelry before using the trampoline.Jewelry may injure them when landing or get caught on netting or springs.To avoid such injuries, they should remove all jewelry and anything that in their pockets before jumping.
Ensure proper way to get on/off trampoline
Trampoline ladders can be purchased almost anywhere now days. To be on the safe side, kids/teens should at all times use the trampoline ladder to climb onto the trampoline and also use it while coming off of the trampoline.
Install the trampoline on a level surface
Kids/Teens may easily fall and injure themselves if they jump on trampolines that are not installed on a well leveled ground. The danger of frames bending also comes into play if the ground is not level. The most ideal place to install your trampoline is on energy absorbing ground such as sand, bark wood chip, and grass or on any other cushioning material. Ground safety pads can also be used. All these will help to avoid bad injuries if a child ever falls off the trampoline in case of an accident.
Never attempt stunts such as twisting somersaults, multiple somersaults, back flips and any other acrobaticsDo not flip, somersault or perform maneuvers which may cause you to land on the head or neck. Paralysis or death can result even if you land in the middle of the trampoline mat.
Always check for objects under the trampoline before using it
Smaller children may sometimes put objects underneath trampolines for playtime. It is therefore very important that you check under the trampoline to make sure that there is nothing that may pose potential danger while they are jumping on the trampoline. If they land on any object under the trampoline they will most likely get injured.
Children under the age of 6 should not use the trampolineChildren under the age of 6 should be kept off or full size outdoor trampolines as they are at the greatest risk of injury. Trampolining is not suitable for this age group because they are not sufficiently physically developed to control their bouncing.To prevent serious injuries at this early age, don’t all allow your child to use the outdoor trampoline until he or she is old enough. There are mini trampolines built for that age group until they are ready to move up to the large trampolines!
Do not use the trampoline when you are under the influence of drugs and alcohol
Drugs or alcohol use may impair your judgment. To ensure that your kids are safe while using the trampoline, you should never try to combine alcohol with trampolining.In the past, many children have been hurt while bouncing with adults who have been drinking during parties.
Adults or children must not use the trampoline if there is a medical history of neck or back injuries or certain mental or physical conditions – an existing condition dramatically increases the risk of serious injury or death. Make sure you check with a doctor before starting any physical exercise of any kind.
Do not allow more than one person on the trampoline at a time
Multiple jumpers increase the chance of someone becoming injured. Jumpers may collide with one another, fall off the trampoline, fall on or through the springs or land incorrectly on the mat. Multiple jumpers increase the chances of loss of control, collision and falling off. This can result in severe injury or death.
All children must be supervised by an adult while rebounding on the trampoline
Children MUST NEVER use the trampoline unless supervised by a responsible adult with knowledge of trampoline use. Trampolines are rebounding devices which propel the user to unaccustomed heights and into a variety of body movements. Rebounding off of the trampoline, striking the frame or springs, or improperly landing on the trampoline mat (bed) may cause injury that an adult will need to be there to address.
Pay attention to weather conditions and take proper precaution
Special care should be taken as weather conditions change. Trampoline anchor kits can help anchor your trampoline in gusty weather. For jumpers in particular, a wet trampoline mat (bed) is too slippery for safe jumping. Gusty or severe winds can cause jumpers to lose control. To reduce the chance of injury, use the trampoline only under appropriate weather conditions. In cold weather, tongues and lips can stick to metal at sub zero
temperatures. In warmer and sunnier weather, parts can become extremely hot, and the temperature should be regularly checked during play, especially metal parts.
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