9 Essential Safety Tips Every Trampoline Owner Should Know

Trampolines can provide hours of fun and exercise, but they can also pose serious risks if not used properly. Follow these 9 trampoline safety tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable jumping experience for everyone.

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Every year there are thousands of injuries incurred on a trampoline that require a hospital visit so it may seem odd that I still believe trampolines are safe!

The majority of accidents that happen do so because one of the safety rules below has been broken. Read on to find out the best way to prevent injuries and accidents on your trampoline.

1. Know the Trampoline Rules and Regulations

Before purchasing a trampoline, check with your local government to see if there are any rules or regulations regarding trampoline ownership and usage. For example, some areas require trampolines to be enclosed with safety netting.

2. Always Use a Safety Enclosure

A safety enclosure or netting is essential for preventing falls and injuries. Make sure it is securely fastened and in good condition before each use.

3. Inspect the Trampoline Regularly

Check the trampoline for any damage, wear and tear, or missing parts before each use. This includes the frame, springs, and padding.

4. Only One Person at a Time

To reduce the risk of collisions and injuries, only one person should be on the trampoline at a time.

Jumping with multiple people at the same time greatly increases the chance of injury. Especially if you try to ‘double bounce’ which is when another person times their bounce to make another person jump higher. It can be lots of fun but is extremely dangerous as the person can be projected at any angle and end up flying off the trampoline.

We ban gymnasts from the trampoline in our gym if they are ever seen double bouncing or getting on whilst another person is already on.

5. Supervise Children at All Times

Children should never be left unattended while using a trampoline. Make sure there is always an adult present to supervise and enforce safety rules.

6. Use Proper Attire

Remove all jewelry and loose clothing, and wear appropriate footwear while jumping on a trampoline. Bare feet or socks can increase the risk of slipping.

7. No Flips or Somersaults

Flips and somersaults can result in serious injuries, especially if not performed correctly. Only attempt these maneuvers under the supervision of a trained professional.

8. Use the Trampoline on Level Ground

The trampoline should be placed on a level surface and away from any obstacles such as trees or fences.

9. Don’t Jump Too High

Avoid jumping too high, as this can increase the risk of injuries and falls. Jumping should be controlled and within a reasonable height.

Are Trampolines Safe for Toddlers?

Trampolines can be safe for toddlers when proper safety measures are followed. However, it’s important to note that young children are at a higher risk for trampoline injuries. Adult supervision is essential; toddlers should never be left unattended on a trampoline. Many manufacturers will recommend that their trampolines are suitable for children over 6 years old because of the higher risk to younger children.

However, in a professional gymnastics setting such as the one I co-founded, qualified coaches will take children on trampolines from as young as three or four. The coaches are trained to spot gymnasts and only work on basic jumps and shapes at this age.

At home or in the backyard there is a greater chance of injury because most parents will not be trained to the same level as professional coaches but as long as you follow the safety tips in this article and the manufacturer’s instructions, it is possible for toddlers to be kept safe on a trampoline.

By following these safety rules, parents can help ensure that their toddlers can enjoy the trampoline safely.

FAQs

Q: Are trampolines safe for children?

A: Trampolines can be safe for children when proper safety measures are followed, including adult supervision, proper attire, and a safety enclosure.

Q: Can I use a trampoline without a safety enclosure?

A: It is not recommended to use a trampoline without a safety enclosure or netting. This increases the risk of falls and injuries.

Q: How often should I inspect my trampoline?

A: You should inspect your trampoline before each use, as well as regularly for any signs of damage, wear and tear, or missing parts.

Q: Can I do flips and somersaults on a trampoline?

A: Flips and somersaults can result in serious injuries, especially if not performed correctly. Only attempt these maneuvers under the supervision of a trained professional.

Q: Can I place a trampoline on a slope or uneven ground?

A: No, the trampoline should be placed on a level surface and away from any obstacles such as trees or fences. Placing it on a slope or uneven ground increases the risk of tipping and falls.