Trampoline Safety Tips

Trampoline jumping is fun for many children, but it does pose a high risk of injury.
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Trampoline jumping is fun for many children, but it does pose a high risk of injury. The activity can result in sprains and fractures in arms and legs, as well as potentially serious head and neck injuries. The risk of injury is high enough that the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly discourages the use of trampolines at home. Trampoline park injuries are also an area of concern.

If you allow your child to use a home trampoline, follow these important safety rules:

  • Use safety nets and pads. Install a trampoline enclosure and cover the frame, springs and surrounding area with pads.
  • Regularly check the equipment for tears and detachments.
  • Place a home trampoline at ground level and make sure it’s a safe distance from trees and other hazards.
  • Do not allow children younger than age 6 to use the trampoline.
  • Only allow one person at a time on the trampoline, and do not allow somersaults or other potentially risky moves without supervision and instruction.
  • Do not allow unsupervised jumping. If you use a trampoline ladder, always remove it after use to prevent unsupervised access by children.
  • Check with your insurance provider to see if it covers trampoline-related claims.

Source: mayoclinic.org

 

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