Trampolines make such great toys for children of all ages! Is it any wonder that all the kids from the neighborhood will often flock to the one house that has a trampoline in the backyard? Not only do kids love to play for hours on trampoline, but they also provide children with the necessary exercise for healthy weight management and mental development. Jumping on a trampoline is a form of cardio that will promote heart health, decrease the likelihood of childhood obesity and disease like high blood pressure and cholesterol.
However, even though trampolines are quite amusing and an excellent form of exercise, when used incorrectly, they can cause injury. So how do you make sure that all the children stay safe?
To make sure the activity remains fun and safe, follow these precautions:
Adult Supervision Required
All kids, no matter how old, should be supervised whenever they are on the trampoline. This is partially because they are always trying to one-up one another by attempting to do tricks. With proper adult supervision, potentially harmful behavior can be stopped before it gets out of hand. Plus, too many kids on at the same time spells trouble, so an adult can help keep the number to a reasonable amount. Even though the neighborhood kids may flock to your house, you’re there to make sure they don’t all enter the trampoline at the same time.
Essentially, all trampolines are suspended mats that are held in place by metal bars and heavy-duty springs. It’s essential because, without it, you wouldn’t be able to exercise your joints and muscles by jumping. Unfortunately, the metal parts pose a potential danger to the users. But there are easy fixes to cover the metal bars and ensure trampoline safety! While most trampolines come with this protective padding you can buy it separately or replace your old protective padding for added security. These mats are highly recommended for all trampoline models. Remember, before your kids climb onto the trampoline to always check the mats to make sure they are intact and in the correct place.
Most trampolines come with the possibility of adding a cage or purchasing it with an integrated cage. Safety cages are so important to help protect your child when playing on trampolines. Keeping safety as the most important thing, some trampoline brands, such as Magic Circle Trampolines, come with protective padding and integrated safety enclosures. These integrated enclosures eliminate the gaps that exist with conventional trampolines because the cage is sewn directly to the mat.
Follow the Operating Instructions
Just like anything else, it is important to read the operating instructions and guidelines. One of the most overlooked sections is the maximum amount of weight and users. If too many people are on it at the same time, they can bump into one another (which is dangerous) or the excess weight can break the trampoline. Again, this also goes back to adult supervision. You are more likely than your children to read the operating instructions and make sure that the trampoline is properly used.
The operating instructions also explain how to keep the trampoline safe during all seasons and weather conditions. Take the necessary steps to protect it from UV rays, rain, snow and ice to keep it in optimal condition.
Before any child goes onto the trampoline, perform a safety check. This entails circling the trampoline to make sure that all netting, protective pads and mats are in place and do not have any rips or tears. If you happen to spot damage, repair it immediately and in the mean time do not let anyone on the trampoline. Resume use only when all safety equipment is in place and properly working.
Don’t Use Near Water
This should go without saying, but if you have a pool along in your backyard, you should make sure the trampoline is a safe distance away from the pool. Both a pool and trampoline provide children and adults with exercise and outdoor fun for hours, and are great to have available for your family and friends. However, they should not mix and make sure anyone who goes from pool is completely dry before doing so.
Safety is number one when it comes to your family. Keeping all the safety preventative care measures in mind, you should feel confident that a trampoline provides safe outdoor activities for the whole family!