Trampoline jumping may seem like fun but it also poses many risks for injuries for children and adults.
Potentials injuries can range from strains, sprains, and fractures to serious head and neck injuries.
Keep in mind these safety tips when using a trampoline:
- Use safety nets and pads. Always use a quality safety enclosure and cover the trampoline's springs, hooks and frame with shock-absorbing pads. Regularly check the equipment for tears and detachments. Beware that safety nets provide a false sense of security. Make sure the safety net door is shut while kids are jumping.
- Make sure your trampoline is in a safe location. Place the trampoline on level ground. Make sure it's a safe distance from trees and other structures. Better yet, place the trampoline in a pit so the jumping surface is at ground level.
- Limit trampoline activity. Allow only one person to use the trampoline at a time — and never without supervision. Don't allow somersaults or other potentially risky moves on the trampoline.
- Adult supervision is a must! Don't install a trampoline ladder, which could tempt young children to use the trampoline alone. Children under the age of 6 should not use a full-size trampoline.