The Basics of Trampoline Safety
Before we get to the finer points of trampoline safety, here are a few basic ground rules to get us started.
- One person only – Trampolines for a toddler are built for one person at a time, with no exceptions.
- No animals – The equipment is made for humans only. Animals can get injured themselves, or harm other people on a trampoline.
- Use for intended purpose only – Certain types of kids trampolines are made for certain activities. Make sure to limit your activities only to the intended purpose.
- Read the manual – Before you do anything, make sure you’ve read the manual that came with your trampoline. It will give you specific instructions for assembling, using, and storing that particular piece of equipment. It should also contain related safety warnings that are not covered in this article.
- Adult supervision – Make sure there is always an adult around to supervise trampoline use.
Proper Maintenance and Care
Following all the above safety suggestions may still not be enough unless your trampoline is maintained correctly. This includes storing the trampoline properly. Make sure you keep it away from areas where you serve food so you can avoid getting any corrosive substance on it. If you use the trampoline outdoors, you should always bring it back under cover when not in use. Direct sunlight, rain, and snow can damage the trampoline over time.
You should always avoid putting objects with sharp edges on the surface of the trampoline. Also, it is best to use soft running shoes or bare feet on when using the trampoline.
If you plan on buying the safest trampoline for use by a toddler or young child, you should get one that includes an enclosure. According to Daily News Central, 32 percent of trampoline injuries were suffered by children younger than six years of age. Brands make trampoline enclosures to keep the youngster on the trampoline, so they do not injure themselves by falling off the trampoline onto the ground.
Many trampolines for children come with enclosures. Here is a review of the best trampolines for kids.
When using a trampoline, always make sure to jump feet first on it. Unlike more giant trampolines that allow for bouncing on your bottom or doing flips, a mini trampoline is only suitable for bouncing up and down on your feet.
Make sure that you stand in the center of the trampoline while in use. Holding off the center can result in flipping the trampoline or throwing your body off balance. Do not attempt to bounce off the trampoline. Instead, make sure you have stopped all vertical movement before dismounting.
By following these simple safety rules, you can prevent a majority of common trampoline injuries from occurring.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)
Is jumping good for toddlers?
Toddlers are very active, and they love it. Running and jumping are fantastic ways to develop your toddler’s movement and coordination and to train his heart and bones to be healthy.
How much does trampoline cost?
Indoor trampolines for kids and toddlers have an average of approximately $60-$90. Some professional trampolines can cost more than $1500, depending on the size and quality of its enclosure.
What shape of trampoline is best?
For those who have younger children and who don’t want such a high bounce, an oval, square or round trampoline is an ideal choice. Square or round trampolines are best for single users, while an oval trampoline is ideal if more than one person will be using the trampoline.