If you’ve ever jumped on a trampoline, you know what a rush it is to jump high, higher and even higher! You feel like you can touch the sky and you never want that feeling to end. If the youngsters in your life have jumped on a trampoline, they’ve probably experienced that same rush too.
Not to spoil the fun, but it’s wise to consider what the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has to say about trampolines: Mini and full-sized trampolines should never be used at home, in routine gym classes or on playgrounds. They should only be used in supervised training programs for gymnastics, diving or other competitive sports.
Their rationale is sound. The AAP says that children younger than 6 years of age are at greatest risk of being injured on a trampoline. Common injuries include broken bones; concussions; sprains and strains; bruises, scrapes and cuts; and head and neck injuries.
If you choose to buy a trampoline, despite the risks, here are some important safety precautions:
Use safety nets and pads.
Install a trampoline enclosure (a special net that surrounds the trampoline) and cover the trampoline’s frame, springs and surrounding landing surfaces with shock-absorbing pads.
Regularly check for tears, broken springs, loose bolts, and worn safety pads and netting. If repairs are needed, make the trampoline off limits until they’re made.
Look for level ground.
Make sure the trampoline is on a flat surface away from trees, fences, swing sets, swimming pools, etc.
Have adult supervision.
Because of the risks involved with using a trampoline, an adult must always be present to ensure jumpers stay safe and follow your rules. One of those rules MUST be “Only One Jumper At a Time.” Most injuries occur when there is more than one person using the trampoline at the same time, says the AAP.
Talk to other parents.
If neighborhood kids are using your trampoline, be sure to talk with their parents to make sure it’s OK for them to use it.
Contact your insurance agent.
Before buying a trampoline, talk to your insurance agent to see if your current homeowner’s policy provides coverage for it. If your policy does offer coverage, you may want to review your limits and decide whether they meet your needs.
What are your thoughts on owning a trampoline? Do you feel they pose a safety risk? Let us know!Trampolines Can Be Fun – Until They’re Not by PDCM Insurance