While trampolines have always been a source of fun (and fitness!) for both adults and kids, they do come with the threat of injuries, especially to young children. Here are 7 trampoline safety tips that could save your child’s life.
Watch out for the following trampoline safety tips so that they can still have fun while being safe…
- Never install your trampoline near trees, poles or fences. It’s a good idea to ensure a safety perimeter of at least three metres around your trampoline.
- Train your kids to jump safely – not too high, not too harshly, and when they’re tired they should take a break.
- Check the surface of the mat for moisture – wet mats are slippery and can lead to incorrect landings and unnecessary injuries.
- Discourage somersaults and double bouncing as there’s a risk of head and neck injuries. Other injuries can include sprains or fractures.
- Children under the age of six are unable to control their bouncing. Consider purchasing a mini trampoline specifically for their age group.
- Look out for clothing with drawstrings that may become caught between springs and lead to injuries, and remove jewellery and objects in pockets before jumping.
- Always check there’s no object (or person hiding!) under the trampoline before using it, and make sure children are always supervised.