If your child is begging for a trampoline, it may seem like a fun toy that also allows your children to get outside and engage in physical activity. However, it’s important to know that trampolines come with a high risk of injury.
The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages all use of trampolines at home.
Children under six years old are at the greatest risk for injuries, with the most common being sprains or fractures in the arms and legs or head and neck injuries. Other common injuries include broken bones, concussions, bruises, scrapes and cuts.
If you do decide to get a trampoline, or already have one, make sure to implement these rules to ensure your child’s safety:
- Place trampolines as close to ground level as possible. The more elevated a trampoline is, the higher the risk of an injury caused by falling off. Make sure the trampoline is also a safe distance from any trees or other hazards.
- Set an age limit. Children under six years old should never be allowed on a trampoline. You should also enforce the rule that only one person is allowed on the trampoline at one time.
- Use safety nets and pads. Install a trampoline enclosure, which is a net designed to surround the trampoline. Cover the frame and springs with protective pads and, if possible, place pads on the ground surrounding the trampoline.
- Check frequently for damages. Make sure your trampoline is in good shape by checking for tears, detachments and deterioration. It’s also important to check if your insurance provider covers trampoline-related claims.
- Always supervise. Make sure your children know to never go on the trampoline without your supervision. Don’t allow somersaults or other dangerous stunts. When the trampoline is not in use, remove the ladder to prevent access by young children.
By following these tips, you can decrease the risk of injury from trampolines!