This post was most recently updated on February 26th, 2019
At Acrobat Trampolines we want you to have a wonderful, safe time on your trampoline, so we present the first in a series of safety tips…
Safety Tip Number One: No Somersaults
The most important safety tip I can think of is that you know before getting on a trampoline not to do somersaults unless you’re already skilled. Most people seem to think that trampoline injuries are a result of falling off the trampoline, when in fact, most injuries are a result of bad attempts at somersaults. This misconception gives rise to the problem of people thinking that if they have a safetly enclosure, they’re “safe”, when they’re not.
Don’t get me wrong, safety enclosures are a very good idea and we recommend using them. However, they will not prevent you from getting injured if you attempt a “head over heels” and get it wrong, land on your neck and suffer paralysis. Please, don’t attempt somersaults on trampolines unless you are skilled. This one safety tip could be the difference between enjoying your trampoline for a lifetime, or a nasty injury.
Look for more trampoline safety tips in the future.
Safety Tip Two: Use A Trampoline Enclosure.
Nowadays, a lot of trampolines are sold with enclosures, which is a great way to encourage their use. Yes, it does feel like a bit like you’re jumping inside a room, but that’s a small price to pay for added safety.
If you don’t want to get or use a safety enclosure (I’m not sure why that would be), then another way to make a trampoline safer is to dig a hole for the trampoline legs to sink down into. By doing that, you’ll decrease the potential fall distance and make the trampoline safer. Do be sure to leave enough room under the trampoline for it to be clear of the ground when in use.
All trampolines we recommend come with safety equipment included, including a trampoline enclosure, a ladder and a spring-tightening tool.
Enjoy your trampoline, and be safe!
Safety Tip Three… Don’t Set A Trampoline Up Near Trees, Fences Or Anything Else
Ideally, you want a six-feet (2-metre) clear zone all around the trampoline. By making sure there’s nothing sharp or solid to jump into or land on, you’ll reduce the risk of serious accidents. Of course, it’s important to take all the other safety tips into consideration because this tip in isolation will probably only reduce the severity of an injury, but it’s better not to have any injuries in the first place. Although, if you use this tip to site a trampoline away from a tree and thereby avoid jumping into it, you’ll appreciate this safety tip!
Be safe on your trampoline and enjoy your trampolining!
Safety Tip Four: Site The Trampoline On Level Grass With Padding
OK, you may be thinking, “well, of course”, but you’d be surprised at how many people place their trampolines on concrete. It only takes one fall through an incorrectly set up safety enclosure onto concrete to be either fatal or very serious. Don’t take the risk. Set up your trampoline on grass because it will allow the body to distribute the shock of impact better than a solid surface. If possible, use cushioning for 6-feet (2 metres) around the trampoline… you can either use foam padding or throw a few sacks of bark chips on top of the grass. As long as you’re adding “springiness”, you’ll cushion the blow of anything falling onto it. Of course, if you want the grass to survive, you’ll need to do a bit of maintenance and periodically move the bark chips so the grass can get sunlight.
Another important safety factor to bear in mind is that the grass is level. You don’t want people bouncing on your trampoline and it rocking unsteadily from side to side because if the ground is uneven, you’ll be risking it tipping over.
We hope our safety tips help you enjoy safe trampolining!
Safety Tip Number Five: One Person On The Trampoline
There are two very good reasons for this tip. Firstly, more than one person on a trampoline will cause balance problems for everyone on it because the trampoline mat will form contours as the people are bouncing up and down. If you land on a contour, or while the mat is coming up when you expect it to be moving down, you’ll be thrown in an unexpected direction at an unexpected speed.
How many times have you seen a young child on a trampoline jump up and down and be thrown in an unexpected direction by landing in the contours formed by a larger person? Invariably, the little person falls over. If they fall into the space where the larger person is jumping, there’s a large chance of an accident, with the child most likely to get seriously hurt. Read how a child got hurt in a similar accident here.
The second reason for this safety tip is simply that with more than one person on the trampoline, there’s a chance of collisions with the other people, making accidents much more likely. If you take the precaution of padding the springs and sharp edges of the trampoline, why would you then let your children use it with the sharp edges of elbows and knees of other people flying around near them?
Safety Tip Number Six: Perform Regular Safety Checks
It only takes one problem with your trampoline for accidents to happen. Be vigilant and look for potential problems such as the padding moving around and exposing the springs, straps loosening on the safety enclosure which could cause it not to work properly, corrosion or rust on the main body of the trampoline meaning it should be repaired or replaced, wearing of the stitching holding the springs onto the jump mat.
All of these things and more can be detected with a quick inspection of your trampoline prior to each use. Yes, it can be a minor inconvenience to do a safety check on your trampoline each time, but isn’t that minor inconvenience insignificant compared to the feeling of knowing you did the inspection and your kids can play safely? When set against the trauma of an accident, it’s no big deal to check the trampoline regularly, right? So be sure to train yourself so that when your kids ask to go on the trampoline, you’re response is, “just let me check it a minute“.
As they say, prevention is better than cure, and that’s applicable to this situation. We want you to enjoy your trampolines safely, so please use the safety tips published at this website.