A trampoline can provide hours of fun jumping up and down on the devices. They can vary from small indoor trampolines, to large outdoor trampolines. You can also find various brands, heights, prices, styles, and so on. This can provide a wide variety of ways to enjoy trampolines.
However, it’s also important to make trampoline jumping as safe as possible. While there are many ways to achieve that goal, one of the most effective is making and following a safety checklist. This will help to make sure that the trampoline is ready for kids, teens, or even adults to jump on. The good news is that you can add some basic items to the checklist to make the device as safe as possible.
Making a Safety Checklist and Checking It Twice
A trampoline needs to be installed correctly before anyone uses it. You should always do a spot check before each jumping session. However, you should do a more serious checking from time to time.
This will help to catch any possible problems related to the form and function of the trampoline. That in turn will help to avoid various problems that could result in injuries.
Here are some important issues:
1. Mat/Net condition
It’s important to make sure that there aren’t any holes in the items. It might seem like it might just be an aesthetic issue. However, if there’s an issue with the structural integrity of the trampoline it could cause various problems.
These are some of the most important parts of the trampoline and are often overlooked. Damaged or missing springs can cause a world of problems for trampoline owners and users. First, make sure that all of the trampolines are springs are accounted for on the unit. This is important as missing spring(s) can cause tons of problems in terms of the trampoline’s functioning.
Besides that, you should also check for damaged springs that need to be replaced. Makes true that the springs are also attached securely at both ends. These might seem like tedious tests, but they’re certainly worthwhile in terms of the overall functioning of the trampoline.
3. Level surface
Make sure that the legs of the trampoline are standing on a level area. The area must be level so the trampoline won’t be wobbly when it’s used.
You should also check the area above the trampoline is free. Look for garden furniture, fences, wires, walls, and other objects that could obstruct the area where people are jumping on the trampolines. It can cause a lot of problems if the jumpers get tangled up with those items.
For example, they can cause an even worse situation if they cause the jumpers to trip or fall. This highlights the need to keep the area on and around the trampoline as clear as possible.
4. Jumper agreement
Make sure that all kids or teens who use the trampoline agree to an agreement for all jumpers. There should be important issues such as:
- Taking turns when jumping
- Time limits on the trampoline
- Not doing any tricks or wild jumping styles
- Not only onto objects when jumping
If you can think of any other good rules for the agreement, you should definitely add them. They’ll help to make the jumping safe for anyone who uses the trampoline. You should make sure that kids sign the agreement and make sure that the rules are enforced. There’s no guarantee that they’ll be followed once they get started jumping. They might forget or simply decide it’s more fun to break the rules.
5. Play clothes
Kids who jump on the trampoline must have the right clothing to reduce safety hazards when using the device. For example, make sure the kids’ clothing doesn’t have loops, drawstrings, hooks, or other things that might get caught on the netting.
Another important item to include on the checklist is jewelry. This can cause various issues due to the sharp edges, which could accidentally hit the jumper’s face while they’re on the trampoline. Make sure that jewelry is removed before using the trampoline.
Make sure that toys and other items are cleared off the trampoline’s mat. You should not only clear off toys, but other items such as leaves, twigs, and branches, which can cause safety hazards for anyone jumping on the trampoline.
Keep in mind that while such items might seem harmless, they can result in various issues such as slipping, tripping, and even falling. Making sure that the trampoline’s mat is 100% clear will help to increase the safety of the device.
7. Frame and leg braces
Make sure that they’re stably locked. This will help to provide enough support for the trampoline. It’s critical as it will help to keep the trampoline stable and safe. The legs themselves are some of the most important items of the trampoline. However, the braces are particularly important to ensure that the legs have enough support. Without that there could be a chance that the trampoline could be wobbly when being used, or even collapse. Make sure to check the frame and leg braces to prevent such situations.
8. Safety accessories
You can add various safety accessories that will add extra safety to the trampoline. They include a safety closure, anchor kit, ladder, and so on. There are tons of safety accessories and they can all help to make the trampoline safer. The key is to figure out which ones will be the most effective in boosting safety.
Trampolines can definitely be one of the most fun devices for jumping, whether it’s for indoor or outdoor use. However, it’s also important that the device is as safe as fun. One way to do that is by using a safety checklist. It will help to make trampoline jumping as fun as possible. Remember that the checklist is only as effective if it’s used and enforced. This will help to make trampoline-jumping the best it can be.