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Purchasing a trampoline? Think safety first.

May 18, 2017

The decision to purchase a trampoline needs to include safety.

According to one law firm, trampolines hurt 100,000 people a year. Ninety-five percent of the broken bones happen on home trampolines. Some of the injuries are brain injuries. Sadly, this means a trampoline could cause irreparable harm to your child.

Don’t let danger dissuade you. Trampolines can be safe.

With all the statistics out there warning us to keep our children within the safe confinements of our home, an obesity epidemic has risen. Our children are safely playing indoors with their gaming devices while they succumb to other health dangers such as high blood pressure and type II diabetes. Our children need to get out and play, and children like trampolines.

Trampolines for sale should include safety options, such enclosures and pads, that alleviate or lessen many of the dangers of trampoline falls. Anyone who grew up with a trampoline in the 90’s remembers the risk of falling through the springs or being bounced off the trampoline by a larger friend.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has the following recommendations if you choose to have a trampoline at your home.

  • Only allow supervised jumping. This eliminates some of the daring maneuvers children will try, such as flips.
  • One person at a time. Believe it or not, trampolines are not meant to launch others into the air.
  • No flips or somersaults. These can result in head or neck injuries.
  • Make sure you have proper padding and safety devices or enclosures.
  • Check all equipment regularly for rips and tears.
  • Replace any compromised equipment.

Other safety recommendations include:

  • Removing all jewelry and items from pockets
  • Making sure trampoline is placed away from other hazards, such as trees or fence posts
  • Use a trampoline ladder to get on and off the trampoline
  • Make sure the trampoline is on level ground
  • Make sure there’s nothing under the trampoline
  • Don’t use a trampoline when under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Keep young children off trampolines until they are over the age of six

With all of this safety talk, you may be rethinking your trampoline purchase, but trampolines are an excellent source of exercise and fun for your child when handled responsibly.

Half of the battle with a trampoline is appreciating the risk. Your kids, and maybe even you, are going to break the rules while playing multi-player games like Crack the Egg on the trampoline. Most of the fun that can be had on trampolines is somewhat dangerous, but appreciating the danger will instill the carefulness necessary to mitigate that risk, so everyone is reasonably protected.