Finally, the warm and sunny weather is here, and the last things kids want is to stay indoors. There are ample of outdoor activities that kids can enjoy and bouncing on a trampoline is one of them. Kids love the exhilaration of jumping high up in the air, and it’s great exercise.
According to the Canada Safety Council, trampolining can be an enjoyable and healthy activity for kids as long as a few precautions are in place. Trampolines are deemed playground equipment, but they can still pose a danger as well. Many people learn this the hard way like my family. I’ve had several family members break teeth, arms, and collarbones even with some safety features.
It’s reported that more than 500 Canadian children suffer from trampoline-related injuries each year. The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario says it sees about 50 trampoline-related injuries a year; other children’s hospitals report similar numbers. The injuries range from broken arms to lifelong paralysis.
Even though a trampoline may come equipped with an enclosure or they may be supervised, this does not in itself guarantee injuries won’t result. Most injuries happen in the backyards of private homes. Very often the hazards that result in an injury include bouncers collide with one another while jumping or attempting acrobatic stunts, landing improperly, falling off, jumping off, or falling onto the trampoline’s frame.
Parents first need to do a thorough inspection of the equipment and make sure it’s safe, sturdy and is set up away from structures and trees. Make sure the shock absorbing pads are covering the frame, springs, and hooks, that the springs and legs braces are secure, and the bed surface and frame are not damaged in any way. Plus using some good ole’ common sense and establishing a few basic ground rules will reduce injuries significantly.
Having the following non-negotiable rules for trampoline fun will set the tone for an injury free summer.
*One person jumping at a time
*No dangerous acrobatics
*No jumping off or onto the trampoline
*Always use a safety screen
Kids need to be aware of the importance of safety. Serious accidents and injuries can happen quickly and they are painful and no fun. It’s advised that children under six should not be allowed on trampolines so ladders or steps should be removed so injuries are avoided. Lastly is supervision, someone needs to be there to ensure safety at all times. After following these rules and having someone supervise trampoline activity, we haven’t had another injury.