A trampoline is a very popular form of equipment that can really take wholesome fun and laughter to another level. It is not just the children who will get something out of this “toy” as people of almost all ages can really enjoy themselves with an indoor or outdoor trampoline. Those who are quite seasoned with this can do slightly more difficult moves for better appeal, especially when posting videos or pictures on social media.
The dangers involving trampolines are also very real and must be taken into consideration before the fun and laughter turn into something serious. There should be very clear reminders to everyone, particularly the kids who will be naturally inclined to jump on the trampoline without any restraints. Knowing what to do and what not to do when using a trampoline can make trampoline time more entertaining and fun without any unnecessary risks.
Check the Trampoline
It simply means that everything about the trampoline has to be checked thoroughly before every use. And by everything, it really means everything! Parents should especially ensure that that the springs are in good condition and that the screws are tightened. In case the quality of the springs has deteriorated after repeated use, make sure to replace them right away.
A systematic checking of the trampoline includes confirming that the leg braces are secured. Leg braces are sturdy and very important parts of a trampoline that often gets overlooked or taken for granted until the whole structure falls and accidents happen.
Obviously, the frames must not be bent and must be sufficiently padded. The frames normally take the impact of a bouncing body from time to time, so they have to be covered very well.
Do Check the Grounds
First of all, the trampoline has to be set on firm and even ground. An uneven ground can set off a series of events that will ruin a day set for fun and laughter. The trampoline should not be set up besides any structure such as a pole, tree, or fence that may potentially cause harm when kids get really lively. This also includes enough space that jumpers will not hit electrical wires or tree branches. Parents must also make sure that nothing stays under the mat, even pets or any other objects.
Do Remove Jewelry
In the height of the excitement, jewelry may be left on the neck, hands, legs, feet, or in the pocket. Jewelries have been known to cause serious injuries due to the impact when jumping. This also means that children should remove everything from their pockets as they may have something that is possibly dangerous.
There Can Only Be One
The trampoline believes in the Matrix’s principle that “there can be only one.” It is very springy and will not give the jumper total control of where he or she lands. Landing on the right spot is quite hard already without having to deal with someone inside. Accidents usually happen when parents give in to a kid’s request when someone is still using the trampoline.
Go for the Bullseye
Users of the trampoline, regardless of age must aim to land in the middle. Landing on the center is the safest place as it is far from any objects, including the posts. The posts may be sufficiently covered, but all the same, it is best not to hit them. Parents can literally paint a bullseye in the middle of the mat so the children can aim for it every time.
Do Watch for Ill Effects
Jumping for about 10 minutes or so may cause some people to be dizzy. Should the jumper feel any pain or anything out of the ordinary, he or she must stop right away. Children must be under strict supervision at all times when using the trampoline.
Watch the Scale
Under no circumstances must a jumper be over the weight capacity of the trampoline. The weight capacity of a trampoline is another reason why “there can only be one” must be strictly reinforced.
Know the Age
Experts consider children under four years old to be too young for trampolines. As they can barely stand on their own and control their movements, this environment smells of disaster even from a distance. Parents should note that there are trampolines designed for kids until around 6 years of age. These are specially built for their needs when jumping. 8-year old children and older must be supervised at all times.
Keep it Simple
Always resist the temptation to do somersaults and all kinds of flips. Because children are very curious and rambunctious, parents have to make sure they stick to “normal” jumping. It should be more than enough for fun and laughter
The Safety First principle is clearly the foremost consideration when it comes to trampolines. As long as safe practices are done, families and friends can really have a good time with trampolines.
Legal reference: Babcock Partners.