Trampolines are one of the best things you can have available for both kids and adults. They provide a good form of exercise, help with balance, helps to build muscle, and improves cardio health. It is fun and often kids love jumping from the time they are able to walk, which means you do not have to force them to get up and get outdoors. The one major concern we hear from parents is trampoline safety.
The thing is, many parents fear giving their child a trampoline. There are a lot of horror stories about kids falling off, breaking arms or legs, and other stuff. If you are putting off the idea of a trampoline out of fear, know that you can keep them safe and happily bouncing all day long. All you have to do is follow a few very simple trampoline safety tips and everyone can have a great time, even you.
Set Up Trampoline in a Safe Location
Most children are going to try and jump as high as possible when they are on a trampoline. A lot of them, especially a couple kids playing together, may get a little rough, especially once they realize they can do tricks to try and out-jump one another. These games are fun, but there is potential for them to get hurt, especially if a trick goes wrong and they fall off. One of the best things for you to do to prevent major injuries is set it up in a safe area. The ground should be level and at least 10ft (3 meters) away from other objects, including trees, fences, walls, pools, and all other things.
Put It On Softer Ground
Along with making sure it is on level ground, you may also choose to put it on sand or a grassy area. By putting the trampoline on these types of surfaces, you are ensuring that if your child falls off, they will have a somewhat soft surface to land on. You can basically eliminate this trampoline safety concern buying purchasing a net enclosure.
We recommend securing your trampoline to the ground with wind stakes or an anchor system. You should also make sure that there are no objects under the mat that may cause injury when the child lands. If it is larger than a pair of shoes, keep it away from the trampoline. The jump mat does not create a storage area for anything.
Check Your Trampoline Often for Defects
Most trampolines today have a safety pad that covers the springs and full enclosures. This is great because it does prevent a child from slipping into the springs and possibly getting pinched. The enclosures prevent kids from falling onto the ground which in the past was the main reason kids got injured.
You should check the pad often to make sure it is still covering the frame, springs, and hooks. While you are checking the pad, you may also want to take a look at the springs to make sure that they are all tight and still attached, especially if you have an older trampoline.
Teach Kids to Jump Safe
Before you turn your kids loose on a trampoline, have them check their pockets for any sharp objects that they may have in them. They should not get on the trampoline with jewelry, pocket knives, pencils, or anything else that may cause them injury if they land wrong.
Along with this, you should encourage beginner bouncers to avoid high jumping until they are well balanced on the trampoline and that they take a break when they first start to feel tired. A bouncer who is off balance, is more likely to land wrong when they jump and new jumpers or tired ones are most at risk.
Control How Many Jumpers Are On at One Time
It is recommended that only one jumper be on the trampoline at one time. However, many kids enjoy jumping within a group, because there are so many games that they can play. As a parent, you need to make sure you keep control of how many jumpers are on it at one time. You do not have to stand by the single person rule, but you do need to understand that the more people on at one time, the more likely injuries will happen.
We recommend buying a rectangular trampoline if you plan to have 2 or more kids jumping at once most of the time. You should also keep in mind that a larger child should not jump with a smaller one. They should all be comparable in size and age.
Wear Proper Clothing
Clothing with drawstrings should not be allowed on the trampoline, because there is a risk of getting it hooked onto other items such as the springs or safety net poles. This can lead to injuries. Along with that, your child should jump barefooted, especially when jumping with others, because of the potential for landing on a hand or foot. Even when jumping alone, children should never wear a shoe that has heels on it.
Use The Ladder
Most all trampolines have a ladder of some kind to make it easy for kids and adults to climb on and off. The trampoline mat is usually 3 feet off the ground. Make sure that your child understands that jumping off or climbing on without the ladder in place could lead to sprains, broken limbs, and other possible injuries.
Check to See if It’s Dry
Most trampolines are kept outside. Being outside means that dew may collect on it, snow may wet it down, and rain may soak it. The downside is, a wet trampoline is extremely slick. Encourage your child to avoid jumping before the sun has a chance to dry off the mat. Wet mats are a huge trampoline safety issue. When they are in mid-jump, they could slip on the landing and lose their ability to balance or slide off the trampoline.
Another potential downside is that weather may cause the trampoline mat to become weaker over time. Always check to make sure that the mat is in good shape and if you notice any issues, replace it with the right size mat.
Make Sure Your Child is Stable Enough
It is recommended that your child be at least 6 years old before you allow them to jump on a full size trampoline. This is because they do not have the balance required to jump safely and a full sized trampoline is designed to give extra bounce. If you have a child that is under the age of six, you may want to consider a smaller kids trampoline.
If safety is your biggest concern and you can afford it we recommend buying a Springfree Trampoline. These have been tested and are rated the world’s safest trampolines.