Twelve Tips to Keep Your Trampoline Safe and Ready for Use
Trampolines have become much safer in recent years. Pads covering springs and frames are standard equipment. Springless trampolines are increasingly common and are much safer alternatives. The use of enclosures is widespread, eliminating many of the falls to the ground that resulted in some of the most serious injuries. With a few simple practices, trampolines can be a safe source of enjoyment and exercise for children, teens, and adults.
Here are our top twelve safety and maintenance tips to help keep your entire family bouncing for many years to come.
- Locate your trampoline so that there are no overhanging limbs or powerlines, and no structures or trees within 6 feet of the frame of the trampoline.
- Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions in setting up the trampoline. Each trampoline is slightly different, and each manufacturer has specific assembly instructions that must be followed precisely. Once a month, check all of the frame connections and springs to be sure they are tight and secure. Replace parts showing wear or accumulating rust. Never use a trampoline with a missing spring.
- If you live in an area that is subject to high winds or storms, install anchors to keep your trampoline securely on the ground.
- Always use safety pads to cover the springs and frame. Once a month, lift the pads to inspect them and be sure there are no rips or tears that can cause them to shift or become dislodged during use of the trampoline.
- Always use an enclosure. Be sure the enclosure is compatible with your trampoline, and that it is installed properly. Once a month, inspect the enclosure. Replace it if it is worn, sagging, or if any of the uprights are damaged.
- Inspect the canvas of the trampoline to be sure that it is not sagging, stretched, or weakened by exposure to the elements every time you use it. Trampoline canvases are designed to withstand the elements, but frequent extreme weather can cause the surface to degrade after a few years. If you notice green or brown stuff growing on the canvas (mold), contact the manufacturer for their recommendation regarding cleaning or replacement.
- Trampolines become very slick when the canvas is wet. To avoid injury, avoid using the trampoline in the early morning if there is dew, after rain or snow, and any other time the surface is wet.
- Remove shoes before getting on the trampoline and sweep the trampoline before jumping if it was left uncovered. Dirt and debris not only can cause the surface to be slick, but can result in eye injuries from the bouncing debris.
- Use soft objects only on the trampoline. Hard or heavy objects become dangerous to jumpers, and ropes and balls are tripping hazards that result in sprained ankles and awkward falls.
- The majority of trampoline injuries result from collisions with another person. The best practice is for one person at a time to use the trampoline to avoid collisions. If more than one person is on the trampoline at a time, maintain a safe distance, and use common sense to be sure everyone is safe.
- Always be sure there is adult supervision when children are using the trampoline. Set ground rules ahead of time, and strictly enforce them.
- Check with your insurer to be sure that trampoline activities are covered under your homeowner’s policy. If not, add a rider that covers individuals using your trampoline.