Before you purchase your trampoline, or maybe soon after it has been purchase, you need to figure out where you are going to place your trampoline.
And there are a few things you need to consider to know where your trampoline should be placed.
When placing your trampoline, you will want to make sure to place them away from trees, pools, fences, or other places that might cause someone to get injured.
Read on to find out some tips on how to best place your trampoline
Why you should take some time to consider where your trampoline should go
When I was a teenager, we didn’t have a trampoline.
We lived across the street from the elementary school, so we had plenty of things to play on.
But whenever we went over to someone’s house that had a trampoline, we always had a blast.
I remember one time jumping on a trampoline with my dad and we were having a lot of fun.
My dad decided that he wanted to land on his back on the trampoline to see how much fun it was.
We didn’t know at the time that there was a 2 by 4 buried in the ground right where my dad was jumping.
So when he landed on the trampoline on his back, he ended up hitting his back on the 2 by 4 in the ground.
Luckily he wasn’t seriously injured.
But he did have to sit on the sidelines for the rest of the day.
The 2 by 4 was part of the friends garden and it was used to separate the garden from the rest of the yard.
It was an innocent mistake in the placement of the trampoline, but it could have lead to more serious injuries.
Another time, I remember jumping on a trampoline at another friends house.
We were having fun and I was practicing my backflips.
I did one too many backflips in a row and I ended up flying off the trampoline and landing on a tree stump.
Just like my father, I wasn’t seriously injured, but it could have ended up a lot worse.
These are just a few examples about why we should seriously consider where we are placing our trampoline.
If we aren’t careful enough, we could end up placing our trampoline in a place that puts people in compromising situations.
And as the person responsible if someone gets hurt on your trampoline, you will want to take some time to think about this.
Why not near pools
Some people see a trampoline much like they see a diving board, an object to get them higher into the air so they can make more of a splash (pun intended) into the pool.
And this can seem like a lot of fun.
And it can be a lot of fun until someone ends up getting hurt.
It will inevitably happen.
When a trampoline gets wet, it is going to become more slippery.
This might seem like fun to people.
But more slippery means more chances for people to get hurt.
And one of those times that someone tries to jump from the trampoline into the pool, it will end up with that person slipping and either running into the pool or falling off of the trampoline and getting hurt on something.
We have all seen it.
So keep your trampoline away from the pool and keep yourself and your family and friends safe.
Why not near trees/roofs
Trees and roofs might not seem like the same, but in the context of trampolines, they are.
A tree or a roof is an object that you can climb on and once you’ve climbed on it, you will inevitably want to jump off of it.
And the temptation is to jump off the tree or roof right onto the trampoline, where you may get a really high bounce.
But again, you are putting yourself into a situation where someone is going to get hurt.
You are pretty safe jumping on a trampoline when you are using just the trampoline and this is because your body can pretty easily adjust to the jumping motion because you’ve practiced it.
But your body doesn’t have the same practice going from a tree or roof to the trampoline, so you are less likely to be able to control your bounce on the trampoline.
The height becomes an issue to, since you are not used to jump from so high.
You body has a hard time accommodating for the height difference and you may end up hurting your ankles or your knees.
And just like my backflips onto the tree trunk, you may end up landing somewhere unexpected because your body didn’t know what to do.
So don’t put your trampoline near a tree or roofs.
Why not near fences
This should seem pretty obvious, but let’s talk about it any way.
Most fences are not made from the smoothest materials.
Typically they are made from wood or steel or may have barbed wire at the top, depending on what you are trying to keep in or out of your yard.
None of these are going to be soft material.
And you can just imagine what trouble you might be getting yourself into by putting your trampoline too close to the fence.
So if you jump too carelessly on the trampoline, you may end up landing on top of the fence or running into it.
And Landing on a fence while jumping on a trampoline is not a safe prospect.
So where should you place your trampoline?
Nationwide has some pretty good tips for where you should place your trampoline.
And of course they are going to have some good tips since their business is covering people in case they get hurt.
In addition to following home trampoline safety rules, spend time choosing the safest place to put your trampoline. Be sure to:
Find a clear, flat area free from potential hazards, such as fences, hedges, trees, washing lines or other equipment.
Place the trampoline on soft, energy-absorbing ground. Good options include sand, bark or other materials that produce a cushioning effect.
Don’t put the trampoline on concrete, asphalt or other hard surface without having a trampoline safety net or crash mats in place.
Create a safe fall zone of at least 8 feet around the outside of the trampoline, and keep this area clear.https://www.nationwide.com/lc/resources/home/articles/trampoline-safety#
So, first, find yourself a flat area to place your trampoline.
A flat area is the best place to put your trampoline because it ensures that you have an even bounce.
If you place your trampoline on an area that isn’t flat, you could end up breaking a leg or two on the trampoline before you’ve gotten much use out of it.
Placing your trampoline on an area that isn’t flat also leads to inconsistent bouncing and won’t be as much fun for your family.
Keep the trampoline away from fences, hedges, trees, and washing lines for the numerous reasons we’ve listed previously in this article.
It is recommended that you place your trampoline on soft ground.
Much like my father when he hit his back, not having soft ground under the trampoline can lead to someone getting hurt.
Grass is great for having underneath the trampoline, as well as fake grass, soil, wood chips, etc.
To read more about what you can put under your trampoline, read one of our previous articles here.
Putting your trampoline on concrete is definitely an option, but I wouldn’t recommend it, as it could lead to even more injuries than a 2 by 4 would.
And if possible, keep at least 8 feet of clearance around the trampoline.
This includes keeping it clear from wood, lawn equipment, power tools, etc.
And spend a little bit of extra money to invest in a safety net and a spring cover.
If you put all these suggestions together, you can almost guarantee you and your family will have blast jumping on the trampoline with little worry of someone getting hurt.