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Trampoline Safety

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 standards.
  • 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.
  • ensure 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.
  • all garments or clothing such as scarfs and hooded jackets which can cause strangulation should be worn by the user or jumper on the trampoline.
  • overhead 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 or injury.
  • 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.
 
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