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Trampoline safety is of paramount importance! There have been several news reports warning of the dangers of trampolining in the past few years.
Sure, jumping on a trampoline has its risks but so does any physical sport such as cycling, football, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, tennis, etc. Seriously, what do pediatricians and other naysayers expect of our kids?
Do they expect kids to avoid any physical activity and sit on the couch with an iPad all day in the name of safety?
It is important to understand the risks involved with any sport and take the necessary safety precautions to minimize them.
That’s why skateboarders wear pads and cyclists put on helmets! That’s why I supervise the young kids when they are in the pool! Do I totally ban them from cycling, swimming, playing ball, or skating? I think you would agree that is ridiculous.
So what are the measures we ought to put in safety?
Trampoline Safety: Before Ordering a Trampoline
Make sure there is sufficient clearance around the trampoline:
Check around, above, and under to make sure there are no potentially dangerous objects a user could accidentally hit. Things like large rocks underneath or a tree branch. If indoors or undercover, make sure there is no chance of hitting your head on the ceiling or other structures (beams, rafters).
Keep within the weight limit
You should really check this before ordering a trampoline to ensure that it is rated for the weight of the intended users.
Safety net enclosure:
Always order a trampoline with a safety net. This does not apply to mini trampolines for toddlers and fitness. This is a must-have to prevent children and clumsy adults from falling off a trampoline. Most trampolines are sold in a package with a safety net. If not, make sure you order one that fits your trampoline.
You can secure your trampoline with a trampoline anchor kit This is a good idea for added stability or if your area is prone to windy conditions.
Don’t buy the absolute cheapest or a suspiciously cheap trampoline
It’s not worth the risk. Get at least a reasonably priced trampoline with above-average product ratings or if you don’t mind the price, get a premium brand.
Consider getting a cover for your trampoline
If left unused in the sun, snow, or rain for prolonged periods. It also helps minimize the need to clear and wipe dry after rain and snow.
Trampoline Safety: While Using a Trampoline
- Make sure the trampoline is setup properly: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and double check before use. Make sure the frame, springs or elastic cords, pads, safety enclosure, net and ladder (if any) are securely fixed.
- It is advisable to have only one person jumping on a trampoline at a time. This especially applies to kids who get easily carried away in the fun and might bump heads or crash into each other. If you are standing on the trampoline to supervise or assist a child, make sure the trampoline is rated for your combined weight (see point 2 above).
- Warn and check that young children or pets do not crawl under a trampoline at any time. You might want to purchase and install a skirt.
- Make sure the trampoline mat is dry before each use to prevent unexpected slips and falls.
- Clear snow off the trampoline as soon as possible as the weight can stretch the springs/cords.
- Occasionally check the springs, bolts, etc. to make sure they have not come loose or are severely rusted. Tighten bolts, lubricate springs and order replacements as needed.
- If using a trampoline ladder, you can remove it to prevent young children from climbing up and using the trampoline on their own.
- It is not a good idea to use a trampoline outdoors in strong winds, rain or snow! Duh!
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