Nothing says summer fun like kids jumping high and doing tricks on a trampoline. However, keeping kids safe should be your number one priority. Here are some tips for things you should do to make sure they don’t get hurt.
1. Set It up Properly
You should always make sure the ground where you plan to place the equipment is level. Don’t put it on a hard surface unless you are using some type of mats for safety. Don’t place the trampoline too close to the house, fence or trees. Many people use a net surround along with soft mats that cover the springs.
2. Check the Condition of the Equipment
Each year before you allow anyone to jump on the trampoline, you need to check that all the springs are in working order. Look at the netting and bolts and the padding. Check for rips, tears or holes. Purchase any trampoline replacement parts you may need to get it back into tip-top shape. Be sure the bolts are tightened and the springs are placed properly.
3. Set Jumping Protocols
Anyone who jumps on your trampoline should know your rules. For instance, children under the age of 6 should not be on the equipment. It is not safe for more than one person to be on the tramp at a time. Adults ought to supervise if children are playing on the equipment. Children may be tempted to try doing flips or somersaults, but that should be discouraged. Be sure those using it know how to safely get off the equipment, whether you have a ladder for them to climb down or they need slide off.
While many young people as well as adults enjoy the wind in their hair as they jump on a trampoline, there are some inherent dangers. You can take precautions to help keep your fun safe.