A backyard trampoline is a lot like a backyard swimming pool. It’s the kind of “magnet” for kids and a great way to have fun throughout the summer. But just like that swimming pool, you need to make sure everyone who uses the trampoline understands the safety rules. Here are some of the important backyard trampoline safety tips to follow:
As tempting as it is, children under five should not go on a trampoline. For those over the age of five, there should only be one person jumping at a time. Anyone who is waiting for their turn can act as a spotter around the edge of the trampoline. Although there is a temptation to get into stunts like somersaults and flips, these should be discouraged. Too much can go wrong when someone doesn’t have the proper training or experience.
When getting off the trampoline you should never “bounce” onto the ground. Everyone needs to stop jumping and carefully walked to the edge and then slide off. Before any jumping session, you want to make sure the trampoline is totally dry. Be on the lookout for wet spots from morning dew.
The best position for a backyard trampoline is in a flat area with no potential hazards surrounding it. Those hazards would be fences, hedges, trees, clothing lines or sheds. Just look at the space and consider the worst-case scenario for someone bouncing off the trampoline.
That trampoline should also be placed on a soft and springy surface like sand, mulch or any other material that would have a cushioning effect. It’s never advised to have a trampoline on concrete driveway.
You should establish a safe fall zone of at least 8 feet around the outside of the trampoline. That means keeping this area clear of toys, patio furniture or gardening tools.
For Added Safety
For added precaution, you can install a safety net around the perimeter of the trampoline. That will keep the jumpers contained within. Safety pads that completely cover the springs are vital. These will help prevent feet and hands from falling in between those springs.
As you get ready to start the summer with your trampoline, you need to give it a thorough inspection. If it appears that some of the springs have rusted or the surface has become to worn, then you should consider replacing the entire unit. Getting rid of an old trampoline is not complicated when you hire a company like Junk King Cincinnati. These are the junk removal experts that will dispatch a team of movers who can quickly dismantle that old trampoline and load it onto their truck for responsible disposal.
Make sure everyone jumping on a trampoline in your backyard plays by the rules.