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Trampoline Safety Tips For Your Backyard

If you were to Google “trampoline fail,” then you would be presented with a lot of videos of people falling off trampolines. What those videos hardly ever show is the aftermath and how serious those injuries can become. This is not to say that you can’t have fun on a backyard trampoline but just as with having a swimming pool you need to take extra precaution to make sure everyone who is using the trampoline follows the safety rules. Here’s what they need to know:

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One Jumper at a Time

It is hard to keep a bunch of kids off of a trampoline together. They don’t see the harm with all of them bouncing simultaneously. Unfortunately, they really don’t have much control of where they’ll be bouncing. Just two jumpers can forcibly bounce into each other and that’s not going to do either one of those jumpers any good. The “one jumper at a time” rule can minimize that risk of colliding.

No Jumper Under Five

If you’re a young toddler has gone into a bounce house, then you know how hard it is to get them out of that bounce house! You might think that a trampoline operates in the same principle but it is a completely different type of activity. Again, it’s all about control and predictability. You’re never going to bounce very high in a bounce house. But a trampoline can definitely send a young person soaring where they shouldn’t be.

No Stunts

Left alone, your trampoline jumpers may want to try and set up various stunts that would have them jumping from the trampoline into a pool or from a roof onto the trampoline. No doubt, they will want to videotape the stunts in the hope of making a viral video. This needs to be discouraged on all levels. Professional gymnastics work out for years before they do any trampoline type stunts. If your kids want to get into those kinds of gymnastics, then they should take classes as opposed to trying to teach them self.

Inspect For Damage

Every jump session on a trampoline is going to create a certain amount of stress. That can result in the trampoline mat becoming torn or the springs uncoupling. You should inspect for damage before any jumping session starts.

If things get too far out of control with regard to damage, then you might want to remove the trampoline altogether. Obviously, this is not something that can be packed up and tucked into the trashcan. Instead, you can call on Junk King Chattanooga for this removal. They’ll send over a pair of capable movers who have a lot of experience dismantling these types of objects. In that same session, you can also get rid of the rest of your yard rubbish to make the entire area safe.

A little precaution goes a long way towards keeping your trampoline jumpers safe this summer.

Keep Mosquitoes Away With These Natural Ingredients

Summer is all about fun in the backyard. Whether that means floating in a pool or swinging in a hammock you want to make sure that your backyard is free from mosquitoes. That’s a pretty tall order around some parts! You could try to fog the area with bug spray but that always seems to leave a nasty odor in the air and makes everything rather sticky. Instead, consider using these natural ingredients to keep the mosquitoes away and ensure that your backyard summer fun is bite free.

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Lavender

Lavender is a very durable plant. One little stem can grow into a mighty bush. As the lavender blooms, the crushed flowers create a wonderful fragrance. They also make an oil that repels mosquitoes. That same oil works as an analgesic, antifungal and antiseptic ointment. You can apply the diluted oil directly to areas of your body that are sensitive to bites or add the oil to a clean cloth and rub it onto your skin.

Cinnamon Oil

How many things can you name the taste better with cinnamon? You add it to applesauce, toast and oatmeal, right? Cinnamon doesn’t just come in a powder form but also as an oil. That oil can be diluted into a spray bottle and used directly onto your skin. You can also spray it on to clothing, patio furniture and beach towels.

Citronella

Citronella is another one of those essential oils that works against mosquitoes. It isn’t just one herb but a combination of ingredients. The most common form of citronella can be found in candles. You just have to be sure that the formula being used is effective. Some citronella candles are too diluted to stand against a mosquitoes swarm. It may take a few candles to do the trick.

Lemon Eucalyptus Oil

You can find lemon Eucalyptus oil wherever essential oils are sold. As with any type of essential oil, you should never apply it directly to the skin without it first being diluted. These are very powerful ingredients. Lemon Eucalyptus oil also should be used on children under the age of three. That’s how powerful it is.

Getting rid of mosquitoes is the first step. The next step is to make sure your yard is clear of debris and clutter. You certainly don’t want any of the kids tripping over things like spare tires or construction waste. One call to Junk King Chattanooga can clear way all that debris. These are the junk removal pros who will send over a moving crew and truck to load up whatever you want to get rid of. Getting your yard clear of mosquitoes and rubbish is really the best way to make sure you’re ready for summer fun.