Safety tips for trampoline buyers and users
Trampolines are becoming increasingly popular and can be seen in more and more Finnish gardens. Trampolining provides excellent exercise but also involves dangers that should be recognised. Children have suffered trampoline-related injuries in several recent summers, involving limb fractures and concussion.
Trampoline use may become dangerous in situations including when there are several people using a trampoline at the same time as they may collide with each other. Another danger is that smaller children may bounce uncontrollably off the trampoline and hurt themselves. On the other hand, more experienced trampoliners have also been injured as increased experience would appear to result in increased braveness and risk-taking. Those making vaults or somersaults may fall on their head or neck on the trampoline.
The majority of trampoline injuries could be avoided by using a safety net and following the safety instructions.
Things to remember when buying a trampoline:
- Buy only trampolines with safety net. Ensure that safety net is compatible with trampoline if buying safety net separately.
- Compare trampolines with regard to their features (such as stability and safety pads used to cover springs, hooks and the frame).
- Make sure the trampoline comes with assembly and user instructions in Finnish and Swedish.
Things to remember when installing a trampoline:
- Place the trampoline on an area that is as flat as possible (such as lawn or sand), making sure it is stable.
- Make sure there is a large enough clear area around the trampoline and that there are no sharp or hard obstacles or other hazards underneath, next to or above the trampoline (such as walls, tree branches, other leisure equipment or electrical cords).
- Assemble the trampoline with great care and in compliance with the instructions provided. Pay particular attention to the locking of the legs.
- Install the safety net as instructed. Using a safety net is an efficient way to prevent falls from the trampoline.
Important things to check before each time the trampoline is used:
- Check the condition of the trampoline. (Is every part undamaged) This is particularly important when taking the trampoline out for use after the winter. Replace any damaged parts. Do not use the trampoline if it is wet, dirty or damaged.
- Check that the leg braces are locked in place (particularly important if the trampoline has been moved).
- Check the area around the trampoline. (Are there any obstacles or other hazards underneath, next to or above it)
- Make sure those using the trampoline do not have any sharp or hard items in their clothes or pockets that could cause an injury.
Things to remember about trampoline use and its supervision:
- Always keep a watch on children using a trampoline.
- Do not allow more than one person on at a time. This will help prevent them from colliding with each other. If those using the trampoline at the same time are not roughly the same weight, there is a risk of the smaller ones bouncing uncontrollably off the trampoline and the heavier ones landing on the smaller ones.
- Use steps if possible when getting on and off the trampoline. Never bounce off a trampoline.
- Those using the trampoline should first learn the basic jumps and only then attempt any more difficult ones. Somersaults or vaults may result you landing on your head or neck, which may result in paralysis or even death.
- Do not jump on the trampoline for too long or too many times in a row. It is difficult to control your balance when you are overtired. Also, if you begin to lose your balance, it is important that you stop jumping and settle down for a while. To stop jumping, flex your knees.
- Do not jump in the rain as the trampoline mat may be slippery.
- Never use the trampoline under the influence of alcohol.
- While not in use, the trampoline should be stored in an appropriate place to prevent unsupervised use and accidents.