If your child is visiting a friend or family member with a trampoline at their home, you're right to be a bit concerned. Trampolines can result in injuries, including broken bones and concussions in more serious cases. That's why it's crucial to take the proper steps to safeguard kids jumping on trampolines, especially when there are multiple children present. The Mayo Clinic makes the following recommendations.
Placement of a trampoline must be considered carefully for optimum safety. They should be kept far away from potential hazards on flat, even ground. If the ground is uneven, it's possible the trampoline will tip over. If it's placed near a steep drop off, a child may be seriously injured if he or she falls off the trampoline. In the same token, certain safety features should be used to make jumping as safe as possible.
This can be accomplished by surrounding the trampoline with netting. Netting prevents kids from falling, which can help prevent injuries. Steps should also be taken to cover any sharp or rough edges on the device. Padding is key in this case, as most trampolines have dangerous components that can cause cuts, contusions, and abrasions if you're not careful.
Lastly, it's best to impose rules to keep all kids safe when using a trampoline. Children should never jump unsupervised. The adult supervising jumping sessions should make sure proper rules are in place at all times. For instance, multiple kids jumping at once is a common cause of injuries. As a result, only one child at a time should be allowed to jump. Kids should also be counseled on how to properly use the trampoline. More difficult tricks and maneuvers should only be attempted by experienced children. Lastly. don't let kids under six use a trampoline.