Statistics from the United States’ Consumer Product Safety Commission insist that no trampoline on the planet can be unequivocally categorized as safest.
Like most fun moments, trampoline workout requires some level of caution to safeguard jumpers from the risk of minor-to-serious injuries. This is especially so for children who are naturally likely to overindulge in any fun activity oblivious of the risks around it.
So, we’ve put together seven steps to ensure that your family is safe while rebounding indoors.
1 – Start with compliance with safety standards
There are specifications that prescribe the safety requirements and performance intended for every trampoline. These specifications purpose to reduce the potential hazards associated with the manufacture and assembly of trampoline components, labelling and use of the equipment. You may want to check out these indoor trampolines for kids to see what a safety compliant trampoline looks like. Otherwise you may enquire from your retailer if what you are getting is in compliance with these standards.
2 – Check to ensure there’s proper assembly with all springs and bolts in place
The trampoline mat connects with the springs to create the bouncy surface that you jump on. All the springs need to be available and properly attached at both ends to the frame and the mat. This is to create proper tension and a surface that is safe to rebound on.
3 – Safety pads and side net
A trampoline can come with or without a safety enclosure to keep jumpers from falls. Be sure to buy a trampoline that has these side nets already to save some bucks off your purchase. While setting up the rebounder, check to ensure that the side nets are securely attached before using the trampoline.
Further, to reduce the potential risk of injury that can occur upon contact with the sharp ends of the springs, consider buying safety pads that cover the springs and the frame completely if your trampoline doesn’t come with them already.
4 – Position the trampoline clear of poles and walls on all sides
Ideally you should position your trampoline about two meters away from walls and poles on all sides. The idea is to allow enough space and soft ground where jumpers can move around the trampoline.
5 – Remove any hazards from the area above and around the trampoline
Keep the area above and around the trampoline free of objects such as toys, wires or cloth lines to allow sufficient space to jump up without the risk of harm. There should be at least eight meters of free space from the ground for optimum safety.
6 – Keep an eye on children at all times during use
The safety enclosure should not replace your own duty to watch over kids. Be sure to supervise children every time they are using the trampoline.
7 – Keep high risk actions strictly under professional instruction
If someone especially a child has to perform an action like summersault, ensure they only do it after they have been properly trained or under strict supervision by a professional.
Anyone who has used a trampoline knows just how fun rebounding on this piece of fitness equipment is for both children and grownups. Be sure to follow these steps to ensure it just as safe as it is fun.