If you have a trampoline, it is important to stick to the following safety rules at all times.
- Adult supervision is needed at all times. This rule is very important. Adults should enforce proper safety rules and be nearby in case any injuries do occur.
- Take turns. Only one jumper should be allowed on the trampoline at a time to prevent collisions.
- Save the tricks for gymnastics class. Tricks, flips, and stunts should only be performed under the supervision of a trained professional. Improperly-performed tricks are a common cause of injury. Also, do not attempt to jump from the trampoline to another area, like a swimming pool, or jump from a higher surface onto a trampoline.
- Use shock-absorbing pads and safety nets. Shock-absorbing pads should completely cover the hooks, springs, and frame of the trampoline, and safety nets can help prevent falls from the trampoline.
- Check all of the equipment for safety before each use. Inspect all of the components of the trampoline, looking for any signs of deterioration or tears. Make sure all components are attached properly.
- Set up the trampoline on an even surface. The area should also be clear of trees and other play equipment.
- Children under 6 years old should not use trampolines. This age group has the highest risk of injury on trampolines.
- Use a ladder, but make sure to remove it when not in use. A ladder makes it easier for children to get on and off of a trampoline. However, when the trampoline is not in use, the ladder should be removed to help prevent use of the trampoline without adult supervision.
Trampolines can be great fun for the whole family, but that fun shouldn’t come at the risk of a trip to Accident and Emergency. Remember to follow the rules and stay safe!