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Every year, a lot of people are injured while on a trampoline. Why? Many people fail to follow basic trampoline safety precautions, which leads to broken arms, legs or even more severe injuries in some cases. Chances are, you’re not following some of the basic safety tips that can keep you or your loved ones safe.
Adult Supervision is Essential
Whether used for physical education or recreational use, injuries are greatly reduced when an adult is present. When a child is younger, the importance of supervision is even more critical. You don’t want to leave your kid unsupervised because this is when injuries occur.
Use the Right Trampoline
It’s suggested that kids under the age of 6 should not be on a trampoline. While we find this to be true, you can safely use a trampoline that is meant for smaller children. These one-person models often come with a safety bar and do not have the same bounce as larger trampolines. The smaller size greatly reduces the risk of injury.
Adequate Padding is Necessary
All trampolines must come with adequate padding. Padding placed over the trampoline’s springs is essential and will greatly reduce the risk of injury. Any and all exposed metals should be covered and padded to lower the risk of injury.
A few areas that we recommend padding are:
- Support bars.
- Landing surfaces.
Just padding these three areas will reduce contusions, bumps, bruises, and head trauma.
Remove Trampoline Ladders When Not In Use
Young children are often the ones that end up in the hospital because of trampoline injuries. Aside from supervision, it’s essential that you remove any ladders leading into the trampoline when not in use. This allows you to avoid mishaps that occur because a curious child went onto the trampoline without your supervision.
Even when you do everything right, the equipment can become damaged. When this happens, a trampoline can break, or a safety feature may no longer provide you with adequate safety. It’s recommended that you inspect your trampoline at least monthly for signs of wear and tear.
A few key components to examine are:
- The mat.
- Protective padding.
If you do notice any damage, always seek professional assistance to properly repair your trampoline. This will ensure that your trampoline is fit for use.
Safety enclosures are a great way to ensure that no one is injured by falling out of a trampoline. These enclosures are great for younger children and definitely add a new layer of safety that would otherwise not exist.
The one issue with safety enclosures is that they provide a false sense of security.
Did you know that most injuries occur on the trampoline? A person landing the wrong way or hitting the edge of the trampoline is the most common cause of injury. Not many people actually bounce out of the trampoline and are injured – although it has happened before. Remember, safety enclosures are great, but they do not stop most injuries from occurring.
Adhere to Limitations and Restrictions
Every trampoline will have a maximum number of recommended users and a weight limit. You always want to stay within these limitations and restrictions. If a trampoline is rated for 200 pounds, it’s not a good idea to have two full-grown men jumping on the trampoline when their combined weight exceeds this maximum.
Even if the trampoline can hold the weight, it is a major safety risk.
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Safety Starts with You
Trampoline safety starts with you. Always perform inspections, provide supervision for children, and know what limitations your trampoline has. If you follow all of the 7 recommendations above, you’ll lower your risk, and your kids’ risks, of being injured while on a trampoline.
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