Trampoline Safety Concerns & Precaution Checklist
If you make some precautions most of this accidents can be prevented. So inspect your trampoline regularly and have a safe fun! We’ve divided it into two groups, before using the trampoline and while you’re jumping your fun out!
Before using a trampoline:
- Read user manual – stick to safety guidelines.
- Make sure hooks, springs and trampoline’s frame are properly padded
- Always use a net enclosure, especially with small children, and make sure there are no holes.
- Remove all objects from your pockets and the jumping area
- Make sure the jumping area is dry and without tears & cuts.
- Trampolines should be away from structures, trees and other play areas.
- Trampolines should not be used without shock-absorbing pads that completely cover the springs, hooks, and frames.
While using a trampoline:
- Always try to land in the center of the trampoline
- Don`t talk and jump! You could bite on something you don’t want to bite. Yelling YAAAY should be OK!
- Don’t attempt to do back flips or somersaults
- Never jump off a trampoline, always climb off – leave the first to the pros.
Safety guidelines issued by the AAP organization regarding trampoline safety:
- Steel frame and springs should be covered with a safety pad.
- Impact-absorbing safety surface material for impact areas
- Maintenance and repair for tears, rust, and detachments.
- Safety harnesses and spotting belts
- Setting the trampoline in a pit so the mat is at ground level should be considered – check ProTrampolines “Installing Inground trampoline” article.
- Ladders may provide unintended access to the trampoline by small children and should not be used.
- Only one person should use the trampoline at a time.
- In supervised settings, the user of the trampoline should be at the center of the mat. The user of the trampoline should not attempt maneuvers beyond capability or training, thereby putting them at risk for injury.
- Personnel trained in trampoline safety and competent spotters should be present whenever the trampoline is in use.
- Even in supervised training programs, the use of trampolines for children younger than 6 years of age should be prohibited.
- The trampoline must be secured and not accessible when not in use.
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