Jumping on a trampoline? please be safe!
Nowadays you see trampolines almost everywhere; in amusement parks, on campsites, at schools and at fairs.
Also more and more municipalities are placing trampolines at outside playgrounds.
We at Avyna totally understand! Trampolines have enormous appeal to children. But not only to children. Adults are also often drawn to jumping.
Make arrangements with your child!
As a parent, make sure to know what your child can or cannot do. For example, which stunts do you consider dangerous or might be irresponsible for you child to perform. Also, don’t let your children perform stunts with more than one person on the trampoline
Tell older children that if there are small children on the trampoline, they should be extra careful. Due to the power with which they jump, a younger child can easily be 'launched' high in the air.
If you are buying a trampoline, pay attention to the following points
Buy a solid, sturdy trampoline that meets the following safety standard; NEN-EN-71-14. Pay particular attention to the quality of the steel. It must be of sufficient thickness (at least 1.8 mm) and have a galvanized layer to prevent rusting. This also goes fort he springs.
A safe trampoline must have a wide and thick protective edge. This edge must completely cover the springs of the trampoline, so that fingers wont get stuck. In order to break an unexpected fall, it is very important that the protective edge is also of the correct thickness. The most suitable filling material of the protective edge is weather-resistant Closed-cell foam.
A clear instruction manual which includes all precautions must be supplied,.
The jumping mat must be permeable to water and marked in the middle, so that you can explain to a less experienced jumper that this is the most suitable place to jump.
Check whether the trampoline has a European quality mark and whether sufficient warranty on the trampoline frame and parts is included.
A trampoline with a safety net is of course even safer. You can read more about trampolines with safety nets here.
Where will you put the trampoline?
To be able to jump safely on a trampoline, it needs space, both around and above the trampoline. Never place your trampoline too close to a fence, tree or wall. Take into account a so-called fall zone; a zone of at least 1.5 meters of free fall space around your trampoline. It is best that this fall-zone is covered with grass or rubber safety tiles. So an over-enthusiastic child will fall on a soft surface.
The greatest danger with trampolines is that children can fall off. To prevent this from happening, you can choose to go fora an InGround trampoline. This reduces the risk of accidents. To increase safety, placing a safety net on your trampoline remains the safest option.