Due to the high incident of trampoline injuries it has been necessary
to implement safety standards for the use, manufacturer, installation
and maintenance of trampolines.
Trampolines were originally designed and manufactured for gymnastics.
Profesional coaching and supervision is required to allow for gradual
skill levels to be acquired safely. Manufacturers are able to design
and manufacture trampolines for easy packaging, quick installation and
set up, which allows for domestic supply and use .
The increasing supply and demand for domestic trampolines and
trampoline parks are increasing and unfortunatly the rate of serious
injuries as well. Trampolining is a very high risk and dangerous
activity and doctors and trauma specialist are calling for a global ban
on trampolines being used for domestic use and trampoline parks.
Safety Guidelines for Trampolines
- supervision of children is required all times when
they are using trampolines. Summersaults and other acrobatic maneuvers
should be discouraged or not attempted.
- no children under the age of 8 years of age should be allowed onto the trampoline.
- only one jumper or user at a time on the trampoline.
- always check the trampoline for hazards such as loose
or missing springs, torn jump mat, broken or degraded or missing safety
mats, cracked or broken metal frame.
- ensure that no children crawl underneath trampolines that are above ground level.
- ensure that a safety containment net is provided and in good condition and at least 5 meters high.
- ensure that all springs and other parts of the
trampoline such as the trampoline frame, supporting legs and any metal
parts which a jumper or user can come into contact with be padded with
the appropriate safety padding at least 30 mm thick and complaint with international safety
- safety padding should cover the springs and the trampoline frame.
- don't allow users or jumpers if protection or safety padding over springs and trampoline is deteriorated.
- supervised first time users or jumpers
should be encouraged to take small jumps at first until they are
familiar or confident with the trampoline.
- users or jumpers must keep to the center of the jump mat. (usually marked with a cross or coloured circle).
- make sure that there are no obstacles around the
trampolines such as bicycles, pot plants, garden furniture and other
items which a jumper or user can fall onto.
that there are no objects on the trampoline mat such cool drink
bottles, cell phones, toys and other objects which may cause injury.
- to prevent choking no eating or drinking should be allowed at all whilst on the trampoline.
- no jewelry, necklaces, watches and other accessories
should be worn by the user or jumper on the trampoline which can cause
harm or injury.
garments or clothing such as scarfs and hooded jackets which can cause
strangulation should be worn by the user or jumper on the trampoline.
space of the jumper or user must be free of electrical wiring, tree
branches, fencing or parts of a building which could cause serious harm
- provide adequate lighting if there is poor visibility such as night time conditions or trampoline is indoors.
- keep spectators away from perimeter of trampoline. The jumper or user could collide with the spectators.
- never allow users or jumpers to dismount the trampoline by jumping from the trampoline.
- no unsupervised or unauthorized access to trampolines should be allowed.
- any access ladders or other means to trampolines must
be removed when trampoline is not being used or supervised to prevent
very young children from accessing the trampoline.