Should I have a trampoline at home?

Trampolines have been in big demand, but they may not suit everyone’s garden or individual circumstances. There have been some serious injuries as a result of trampoline accidents, but these have often happened when people have not followed the basic safety advice that should come with the equipment.

Firstly, you need to consider if your garden is big enough for a trampoline. There should be a 2.5m safety zone around the trampoline, and it should be well away from hazards such as trees, washing lines and fences. Place it on a reasonably soft surface rather than over a stone path or patio.

If it is going to be used mainly by children, will you have the time to supervise them correctly or can you be sure that they will follow the safety guidelines?

When buying, purchase safety pads or ensure that the model comes with safety pads that completely cover the springs, hooks and the frame. The pad should be a contrasting colour to the bouncing area. Consider models that have safety netting as part of the design, or purchase a safety cage.

When using the trampoline:

  • Never allow more than one person on at the same time
  • Children under six must only use trampolines designed for their age range and size, trampolines are not suitable for very young children and toddlers
  • Always supervise children
  • No somersaults - go to a properly organised club if you want to try more complicated moves
  • Never allow the use of bouncing to exit the trampoline.

Children need to be reminded to bounce in the middle of the trampoline and when getting off to stop bouncing and then climb down. They should keep away from the trampoline when someone else is jumping and not go under the trampoline when someone else is bouncing. If they spot a rip or split in the mat, or if the padding has come away from the metal springs they should tell an adult.

Date Updated/Created: 13/09/2010

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