One time I was doing backflips on a friends trampoline.
I did one too many backflips and ended up flipping off the trampoline onto the ground.
So how do we make and keep our trampolines safe?
There are a few quick and easy tips for keeping your trampoline safe for people of all shapes and sizes.
Purchase a trampoline safety net
If your trampoline does not have a safety net, purchase one.
A trampoline safety net does many things for you.
It keeps anyone jumping on the trampoline within the confines of the trampoline.
It keeps people from backflipping off the trampoline onto the ground.
Purchase a trampoline spring cover
Most springs will rust if any moisture stays on them.
A trampoline spring cover will help to protect the springs from rain and snow.
It will also offer a level of protection from people landing on and damaging the springs.
Bury your trampoline in the ground
One of the biggest concerns with the trampoline is it being off of the ground.
If someone falls off of the trampoline when it is in-ground, they fall a few inches instead of a few feet.
The Mayo Clinic suggests that trampolines be placed in the ground so the fall is not as far as above ground.
Read more about what the Mayo Clinic suggests here.
Fix any damage to the trampoline mat immediately
Any holes in the trampoline can get bigger if not addressed immediately.
Those holes can also cause people to get injured.
You can purchase a new mat or read one of our other articles about how to fix your mat.
Don’t let young children jump on the trampoline
The Mayo Clinic also recommends that children under the age of 6 should not jump on the trampoline.
Some doctors believe that a young child’s body has not developed enough to take the repetitive jumping and could injure themselves.
If you can’t keep your young child from jumping on the trampoline, make sure you are on it with them and holding their hands.
Have a spotter around the trampoline
A spotter gives whoever is on the trampoline an additional layer of safety.
The spotter can be there to catch anyone who might accidentally fall off of the trampoline and keep them safe from hitting the ground.
Only one person jumping at a time
When you have more than one person jumping on the trampoline, the potential of going higher in the air increases.
When you go higher in the air, the fall is higher as well.
It gets harder to control your landing the higher in the air you are.
So limit jumping on the trampoline to one person, if possible.
No backflips or somersaults
The most fun that someone can typically have on a trampoline is backflips or somersaults.
That also leads to the most injuries.
One bad flip could send someone off the trampoline just like my experience.
One bad somersault could send someone going face-first off of the trampoline.
Keep the trampoline away from roofs
Jumping from something higher could be a pretty tempting prospect.
As mentioned before, the higher someone is in the air, the harder it is to control the landing.
If someone jumps off a roof onto the trampoline, they could go flying off the trampoline, injuring themself.
They could also miss their jump and land right on the ground.
Keep trampolines away from pools
Another tempting prospect is jumping from the trampoline into a pool.
This could sound fun but could lead to even more dangers than jumping from a roof.
A trampoline mat is made from fabric that is water proof, but that does not mean that it can’t get wet.
A wet trampoline becomes slippery.
When a trampoline is slippery, people are more likely to slip and fall off.
Being so close to a pool, the trampoline is going to be wet.
If people try to jump from the trampoline into the pool, they are going to slip and might hit the side of the pool.
Place trampoline away from other objects
Much like keeping your trampoline away from roofs and pools, keep your trampoline away from other objects.
People will be tempted to jump from trees into the trampoline.
Jumping on the trampoline, someone could hit their hand on a tree branch.
So keep the trampoline away from objects that might be tempting.
Check underneath the trampoline before jumping
Whether your trampoline is above ground or in-ground, it is good to check under the trampoline for any objects.
When someone jumps, you don’t want them to land on anything that could hurt them.
Routinely checking underneath the trampoline for anything will help avoid any unnecessary injury.
Replace missing or old springs immediately
Over time your springs are going to lose their springiness.
If people jump too close to the springs, it will wear them out more quickly.
Replace the warn out springs as soon as you can.
It might even be worth it for you to have a stash of extra springs around the house.
Especially make sure to replace missing springs as soon as they go missing.
When there is a gap in the springs, it puts more pressure on the other springs to perform.
So instead of just one spring, you will have a whole slew of springs that are missing or need to be replaced.
Regularly check nuts and bolts of the trampoline
No matter how much you tighten the nuts and bolts on the trampoline, they are going to get loose.
If the nuts and bolts are not checked regularly, they could get so loose and they will come off.
When the nuts and bolts come off, the legs could deatch from the trampoline.
The legs detaching from the trampoline could lead to injury for anyone jumping.
Remove any jewelry or glasses before getting on the trampoline
Glasses will fall off repeatedly if you are jumping with them on.
Take them off before you get on to avoid them falling off and breaking.
Jewelry can get caught in many different ways.
If you accidentally bump into someone, your jewelry could get caught to the other person.
Take off shoes and socks before getting on the trampoline
Shoes do not have the same grip on a trampoline like they do on gravel or a basketball court.
Socks don’t have any grip at all.
Both will be very slippery when you get on the trampoline, almost like walking on a wet trampoline.
Take both your shoes and socks off before getting on the trampoline to avoid slipping and falling off.
Remove any debris before jumping
Dirt, sand, snow, and other debris can routintely find its way onto the trampline.
Make sure to brush away the debris before anyone jumps to avoid injury or damaging the trampoline.
Don’t allow people to jump off the trampoline
As fun as it is jumping on the trampoline, people will sometimes be tempted to jump off of the trampoline.
But do not allow people to jump off the trampoline.
Jumping off can be rather unpredictable.
You might feel like you can land on the ground normally, but misjudging the jump could turn an ankle or worse break a bone.
Purchase a trampoline ladder
A trampoline ladder will give everyone a safe and easy way to get onto the trampoline.
With a ladder, people will use it to get on and off the trampoline instead of the side of the trampoline.
The focus being on the ladder, people will be less likely to jump off the trampoline.
You can also help people get on and off one at a time.
Remove trampoline ladder when trampoline is not in use
Removing the ladder when the trampoline is not in use will discourage people from getting on when no one else is around.
Children will be less likely to get on the trampoline when no one is paying attention if the ladder is removed.
Make sure the trampoline is on level ground
The level ground helps decrease the chance of slipping on the trampoline.
Put cushy material underneath the trampoline
There are many different options of what to put underneath your trampoline.
This includes: rubber mulch, wood chips, play sand, and grass.
Each of the above options give you a cushy material so if someone happens to fall off the trampoline, they land on a soft material.
Avoid rocks and concrete as a base for your trampoline.
To read more about what to put under your trampoline, visit another one of our articles here
Train kids to land on the middle of the trampoline
The middle of the trampoline is the safest place for people to land.
The edges of the trampoline can be unpredictable.
Also, jumping on the edges wear down the springs quicker and increase the chances someone damages the frame.
Keep all balls and other objects off the trampoline
It can be fun to have other objects on the trampoline, but this again can lead to people getting hurt.
Someone can accidentally trip on the ball and either get thrown off or hurt themselves on someone else.
Avoid people getting hurt by keeping other balls and objects off the trampoline.
Set time limits for jumping
Tired people leads to tired jumping, which leads to people doing what they would not usually do on a tramopline.
So avoid having people tired by setting a time limit for jumping.
Hope these suggestions have given you a little help in keeping your family safer on the trampoline.