Trampolines are great fun for the kids. The downside: they can cause injuries and emergency rooms.
The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) advise against the use of trampolines due to the risk of bruising, sprains, spinal cord injuries and bone fractures. If you want to put a number on it, there were 300,000 medically treated trampoline injuries in 2018.
There are only one problem. If you take down your trampoline, your children can melt down.
Is there a middle ground? Learn the top 10 trampoline risks and dangers to get your family safe.
How to manage the top 10 trampoline risks
It is healthy for children to run and play. But what makes trampolines more dangerous than football, baseball and other outdoor activities?
If you have cycled, you have probably scratched your knee. Trampolines, on the other hand, can send you to hard ground or catch your ankle in a spring.
Here are ten ways to help your kids avoid common trampoline risks
1. Bounce one at a time
Several bouncers can bump into each other or hit a small child in the springs or on the ground. One at a time can be tough, but it’s worth the wait.
2. Save the flippers
It is difficult to control your momentum if you are not used to jumping. Misjudging the spin on a flip can make you land in an awkward position.
It’s a good reason to ban twists and turns on your family’s trampoline.
3. Monitor, monitor, monitor
Children of all ages need supervision. They find it impossible to resist the temptation to jump. So grab an iced tea, set up a lawn chair and spend some quality time watching your kids have fun.
No children under six allowed
Stanford Children’s Health says children under the age of six are at greater risk for trampoline injuries such as broken bones, concussions and sprains. Once you know this, you may want to keep the younger children away from the trampoline. Or make sure they only jump under close supervision.
5. Use safety nets
A safety net around a trampoline can limit the chances of flying away and landing on the ground. The net does not prevent you from landing on the trampoline frame or springs, both of which can cause significant damage.
6. Check the springs
Speaking of feathers, be sure to check them regularly. Feathers become rusty, wear out and break or come loose. All of these situations can lead to an unsafe trampoline.
7. Cover the springs
You can reduce the risk of injury by covering your trampoline springs and frame with safety cushions. These pillows wear out quickly, so replace them when they start to break.
8. Jump in the middle
Teach your children to stay in the middle of the trampoline as they jump. Staying closer to the center keeps them away from the edge, where they can accidentally bounce off the trampoline.
9. Stay away from trees
Stay away from trees, lampposts, flagpoles and structures that could cause injury if your child jumps into them.
10. Keep it clear
Do not store anything under the trampoline and do not allow children to play under it when using it.
How about trampoline parks?
At this point, you may want to avoid the risks of trampoline ownership. Even if you get an ear from the little ones.
What about trampoline parks? As it turns out, they can be more dangerous than owning a trampoline.
Let’s say the kids bother you until you find a trampoline park, Bouncy Bob’s Wacky Jump Zone. It’s only 15 minutes away!
This looks like the perfect option, but …
According to AAOS, Injuries that occur in trampoline parks are generally more serious than injuries from trampolines at home.
You can not apply the rules yourself, but you can check if a trampoline park takes safety seriously.
SafeBee says trampoline parks should have these precautions in place:
- No children under six should be allowed to jump.
- Set rules prohibit loose-fitting clothing, several bouncers per trampoline and heavy housekeeping.
- Safe bouncing instructions for each jumper.
- Trampoline springs should be covered.
Call or send a message to the trampoline park to discuss the rules before taking your children.
Talk to your agent about trampolines
We go one step further. If you rent your home, talk to your landlord before setting up a trampoline.
Many landlords do not like trampolines because insurance companies classify them as an “attractive nuisance”. An attractive nuisance is a potentially dangerous property in a property that attracts children.
Here’s what it really means (minus the insurance jargon). The neighbor boy could sneak out of the house next door and jump on your trampoline. If he gets hurt, his parents can sue you and the landlord.
The same scenario can play out if you own your home. Even if you do not have a landlord, you want to work with your insurance agent to follow the trampoline guidelines set out in your home insurance.
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