Monthly Archives: May 2017

Backyard Trampoline Safety Tips For Family Fun

There can be many big “toys” in your backyard like a swing set, tree fort or trampoline that can bring hours of fun for the whole family. However, it is important that certain safety measures be enacted especially on something like a trampoline. Here are a couple things you want to keep in mind for your backyard trampoline.

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Keep the Perimeter Clear

You should assume that with every jumping session on your backyard trampoline someone might bounce off. That is obviously the worst-case scenario but it will put you in the mindset of keeping the perimeter clear. You should have at least 8 to 10 feet of clean space around your entire trampoline. That means no lawn furniture, gardening tools, toys or other items that someone could fall into.

Proper Placement

Your trampoline needs to be on a shock absorbing type of surface. That is definitely not a concrete patio or driveway. Although a lawn is good surface, an area that is covered with mulch, pea gravel or sand is even better.

One Jumper at a Time

A trampoline is definitely one of those pieces of backyard equipment that needs to be a solo operation. That means one jumper at a time. Even if your kids think they can safely bounce together, they actually can’t. One wrong misstep can have them knocking into each other and causing serious injury. You should also restrict trampoline use by age. Kids under five shouldn’t be bouncing on a trampoline even with an adult helping them.

Padding

If your trampoline did not come with perimeter padding, then this is something you definitely want to consider adding. The padding goes around the outside of the trampoline covering the springs. This goes a long way from preventing accidents.

Safety Net

A safety net is something that you can wrap around the perimeter of your trampoline. This keeps the jumpers confined within the trampoline space.

Spring Detachment

Even with the padding on your trampoline, you still need to be aware of any potential spring detachment. This can happen after any jumping session. That is why you should always inspect the trampoline before any fun begins.

If you find that your springs are constantly detaching or your trampoline mat is starting to rip, then you may want to think about replacing your trampoline. This is one of those tasks that are definitely a two-man operation. That is exactly what you’ll be provided by Junk King Columbus. Not only will the Junk King crew be able to take apart the trampoline but they will also be able to clear the rest of your unwanted yard rubbish on the same trip. It’s a great way to get the entire backyard clear of clutter.

Stay safe this summer by following these helpful trampoline safety tips.

Have Fun In Your Backyard With These Easy DIY Projects

The summer break from school will soon be upon us and that means the kids are going to be looking for something to do. The last thing you want hear from them is, “I’m bored.” They don’t have to be bored as long as you provide them some fun DIY projects in the backyard. Here are a few terrific ideas:

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Give Them A Backyard Kitchen

An old cabinet, bookcase or set of shelves can make a cool outdoor kitchen. You’ll find plenty of old bowls, cups, pots and pans at a thrift store or in your own kitchen cabinets. Once you stock that outdoor kitchen, your kids can create all kinds of concoctions from mud pies to dandelion soup. It’s all make-believe but hours of fun!

Set Up Backyard Tents

You don’t have to go full out camping gear in the backyard. Instead, a couple of long poles and some old sheets can make a terrific tepee. You can also string those old sheets together over a clothesline and stake the corners into the ground. Instant tent!

Build A Sandpit

It is easy to build a contained sandpit. All you really need are four railroad ties and lots of sand. Just so things don’t get too hot in that pit you should erect poles and a tarp for covering. Inside the pit, you can put a small swimming pool, a couple of chairs and all the toys they want.

Water Balloon Piñata’s

It’s hard to imagine getting through the summer without at least one water balloon battle. You can change the game by making water balloon piñata’s. Fill up the balloons, hang them from a tree at different lengths and you’re ready to go. All the same piñata rules apply.

Plant A Garden

Having your kids plant a garden is a great way to teach them about farming and agriculture. As an added bonus you’ll have plenty of fresh veggies and herbs all summer long. This is a nice project that also teaches them about responsibility once you put them in charge of weeding and watering.

The best approach with implementing these backyard ideas is to make sure that area is clear of debris. Junk King Columbus are the junk hauling professionals that do amazing yard cleanup work. They’ll send over a team and a truck that can take care of any type of yard waste removal. Best of all you won’t have to lift a finger. Put Junk King Columbus to work today and your backyard will be ready for fun in no time at all.