How to Safely Use a Trampoline
Trampolines are a great playtime favourite for most children, getting them out in the fresh air while being active and having fun, but they can pose potential safety risks if used in the wrong way. By taking the correct precautions you can ensure that playtime won’t ever come to a sudden stop. Read this blog post to find out exactly how to keep it safe for anyone using it!
Trampoline Safety Features
Whether you’re looking to get a trampoline or already have one, you should make sure that it has the correct safety features with it. While supervision is advised, it may not always be enough with the usual distractions of life, that’s where the safety features come in to limit the chances of anything bad happening.
- Foam Padding – covering any springs and exposed parts of the frame to prevent anyone coming into contact with them, causing injury
- Safety Net – enclosing the user inside, the net should go around the whole diameter of the trampoline to stop anyone accidentally bouncing off and onto the floor
- Hard-Wearing Materials – as it will be outside most of the time you’ll want to make sure it has weather resistant materials to prevent damages leading to the trampoline becoming weakened, although it should be taken down in extremely poor weather conditions
All of these features are present on our trampolines, making them extremely safe to use. They minimise any potential hazards, taking away the chances of your little one falling off or harming themselves on the hard frame and springs.
Safety Tips for Parents
While the safety features help with any safety precautions, there are still some steps that you can take to make playtime even safer. It goes without saying that supervising the trampoline is an absolute must, but here are some other rules that can and should be put in place:
- Only one person on the trampoline at a time – most trampoline related injuries are caused by there being two or more people bouncing together, heightening the risk of collision and being bounced higher than recommended
- No bouncing exits – while the safety net should prevent this being an option, it is also a good idea to let your little one know not to exit the trampoline by bouncing as the drop could cause serious injury
- No extreme manoeuvres – unless they have been professionally trained in trampolining, any advanced moves such as somersaults, back flips and other acrobatics should be avoided due to the high risk of landing incorrectly
- Stick to the age limit – trampolines are made for children of all ages but each trampoline will have a recommended age span for safety reasons, making sticking to this very important
By following this advice and being as vigilant as you can be, you can keep playtime on the trampoline safe and fun. While they are built to be safe, if used incorrectly they can pose a health risk to the user so remember to supervise and enforce these rules to teach them the right way to bounce and develop their skills.
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