Trampolines are a fun way for the whole family to get a little exercise and some fresh air. There is nothing like going outside and jumping on a trampoline to see how high you can go and get the wondrous feeling of flying through the air. And when it comes to kids, they love trampolines as they open up a new imaginative world while tuckering them out at the same time.
However, no matter how fun trampolines can be they can also be dangerous as people often fall and end up hurt. These scenarios are not just limited to jumping too high while too close to the edge, but also falling on the springs which bite, leaving a nasty bruise or blood blister where they pinched the skin.
It is important to follow a few safety guidelines while using your trampoline to keep your friends and family safe from injury. Theses safety guidelines are simple to follow and can ensure that no matter who uses your trampoline they can stay completely safe while still having fun.
Basic Trampoline Safety Equipment
The first safety rule for owning a trampoline is to always read the safety book that comes with your trampoline. Each trampoline has different features that are unique to that specific brand. It could be the standard enclosure that goes around the edge that keeps people from falling off or the type of padding that covers the springs keeping them from pinching when landed on.
Whatever that feature may be, you want to make sure you know what you need to do to ensure the safety of your family and friends. Nothing breaks up the fun like an ambulance or a trip to the hospital to set a broken arm or leg.
Another safety rule for trampolines, always use a high quality safety enclosure. This keeps the jumper from flying off the trampoline and hitting either the ground or the springs and becoming injured. Also making sure the enclosure door is securely shut, since even though it wouldn’t be expected, the jumper could be propelled right out the door and making the use of an enclosure useless.
Basic Safety for Friends and Family Members
The next trampoline safety rule is to never allow a child under 6 years of age to jump on a full sized backyard trampoline, they make toddler trampolines which are designed for small children to use safely. These smaller trampolines come with their own set of safety guidelines and the manual should be read before allowing your child to use the trampoline.
Children should also be supervised while using any trampoline and no matter what their age, if they happen to be injured at any time it is best to have someone who can act quickly to ensure they are okay or take them to a hospital or doctor right away if necessary.
Another important safety guideline to be considered is to only allow one jumper at a time. While yes, there are trampolines that are built for more than one person, it is not a lot of fun to be jumping with a friend and land out of time with the rhythm to be propelled off the trampoline or into the safety enclosure. While the safety enclosure is supposed to help keep you in and safe, it won’t exactly keep the trampoline from tipping over or the net breaking as you fly into it.
Performing tricks and stunts on a trampoline is something that people have been doing for years, however learning or performing well practiced stunts can always have a possibility of disaster or injury. It is a great safety measure to inform the jumper that they are not allowed to perform these stunts as they could break their arm, leg, or injure their neck. Stunts and tricks should be left to professionals or extremely well trained gymnasts and not your party guests and family.
As you can see, staying safe on a trampoline is fairly easy. Accidents will still happen as trampolines can still be dangerous, but it is important to make sure that all precautions are taken to help prevent injury. Taking the time to ensure the safety of the people you allow to use your trampoline could save you from hospital bills, or even lawyer fees if someone is injured and attempts to sue you for their injury.