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Trampoline Safety

It is vitally important to use your trampoline properly and follow all safety guidelines. Improper use of a trampoline can result in death or a serious injury such as paralysis. Most trampoline injuries result from jumpers colliding, landing badly from a somersault or stunt, or falling off the trampoline.

  • Inspect your trampoline before each use to ensure that it is in good repair [link to maintenance section].
  • Use an enclosure net to improve your trampoline’s safety and stability.
  • Ensure that safety pads and foam pole sleeves are properly installed to cover springs, poles, and the trampoline frame.
  • Make sure there is adequate space above and around your trampoline before you start jumping.
  • Make sure there are no objects under the trampoline before jumping.
  • Do not use your trampoline in rain or high winds. Never use a trampoline when lightning is in the area.
  • Do not jump on a wet trampoline.
  • Jumpers should always be supervised by someone who is not on the trampoline, regardless of age or experience level.
  • Never use the trampoline or supervise trampoline use under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Jump in bare feet. Wearing shoes damages the mat, and socks can cause jumpers to slip and get injured.
  • Do not wear clothing with drawstrings or other loose, flowing elements that can get caught on trampoline parts.
  • Remove jewelry and any sharp objects in your pockets before jumping.
  • Do not allow more than one jumper on the trampoline at a time. Having more than one jumper on the trampoline greatly increases the likelihood of injury, especially for children.
  • Do not allow young children to jump on large trampolines. In general, children under 9 years of age should use trampolines that are 8 feet or smaller in diameter. Children under 6 years of age should not use trampolines.
  • Teach children to control their bouncing height and landings.
  • Do not attempt somersaults, flips, or gymnastic stunts without proper training and supervision. Serious injuries or death can result from attempting gymnastic stunts without training.
  • Do not jump toward the edges of the trampoline or net enclosure. Teach children to jump toward the center of the trampoline.
  • Use a trampoline ladder to get on and off trampolines that are too high to step on to easily.
  • Never jump off of a trampoline. Teach children to get off the trampoline by stopping bouncing, sitting on the edge, and sliding off.
  • Remove ladders from trampolines when they’re not in use to prevent young children from climbing onto them without supervision.

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