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Trampoline Safety Tips To Reduce Risk Of Injury
Trampolines can be a great source of fun and help people to keep fit doing entertaining exercise. While many people might have used extra-large trampolines under professional supervision at a gym or fairground, trampolines for home back gardens have become increasingly popular over the years. Unfortunately, while trampolining can be lots of fun, it can also be dangerous if key safety precautions are not taken.
Here are some core trampoline safety tips for safe jumping:
- Do not allow kids under 5 years old to go on a trampoline.
- Make sure that there are adult spotters stationed around the trampoline’s edges and that children are always supervised by an adult when jumping.
- Do not allow more than one person to use the trampoline at a time.
- Do not allow jumpers to perform gymnastic stunts or exercises, such as backflips and somersaults.
- Don’t allow users to bounce off the equipment. Instead, make sure they walk to the edge and step off slowly.
- To stop small children from using a trampoline without adult supervision, never leave a chair or ladder near the equipment.
- Don’t let anyone use a wet trampoline.
- Station your trampoline in a private, fenced-off area to avoid getting into legal trouble if a member of the public injuries themselves using the device.
In addition to using the trampoline safety, where you place your the device is also important for preventing accidents. Here are some tips for selecting the safest spot for your home trampoline:
- Locate a clear, level piece of land that doesn’t have any potential hazards like washing lines, trees, fences, or garden tools.
- Station the trampoline on ground that is soft and energy-absorbing, such as bark chips or sand. You want the ground to provide a cushioning effect in case someone falls off the device.
- Never station your trampoline on an asphalt or concrete surface unless you have trampoline safety nets and crash mats.
- Make sure there is a safe fall zone that spans at least 2.5 meters around the perimeter of the trampoline. Keep the zone clear of any items or equipment.
Here are some trampoline equipment safety tips:
- Buy a circular trampoline. Round trampolines are not designed to provide bounces as high as rectangular-shaped models, making them safer for home use.
- Install safety nets around the entire perimeter of the trampoline. And, make sure the nets are sufficiently high.
- Make sure that the trampoline is equipped with shock-absorbing safety pads that cover entirely all the frame, hooks and springs.
- Position the trampoline far away from buildings, trees, and other outdoor play areas, such as swings, slides, and seesaws.
- Use wood chips or sand underneath and around the trampoline to provide a cushioning surface.
- Make sure you only buy your home trampoline from an approved manufacturer that adheres to the strictest safety standards. Never buy a device from an unknown overseas brand on eBay.
Trampoline Accident And Injury Statistics
In this article, we have outlined a few essential trampoline safety tips, but it can also be beneficial to look at some US trampoline injury statistics. Most trips to A&E departments are the result of jumpers falling from the trampoline, attempting stunts, or colliding with another jumper.
The areas of the body that are most commonly damaged in trampoline injuries are the legs and feet. But, injuries to the arms or hands are present in 29% of people and injuries to the hands, face, or neck are present in 1 out 5 sufferers of trampoline injuries. Meanwhile, 1 in 10 people suffer from damage to shoulders or back following a trampoline injury.
In the United States, nearly a quarter of a million people receive some sort of medical treatment for a trampoline injury each year and of that number 3 out of 4 is under the age of 15. In hospital emergency rooms around the country, 15% of those treated for trampoline injuries were children under 6.
The guidelines above has been provided by Trampolines Ireland. The scary fact is that using a trampoline improperly can result in loss of life in worst-case scenarios. And, the majorities of trampoline death victims each year are teenagers. So, it’s vital that you follow all of the safety tips featured in this article if you plan to buy your own trampoline.