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Summer Safety Series: Trampolines

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Janet AndersonSummer is here! We're continuing our Summer Safety Series with important tips on trampoline safety.

If your summer plans include using a backyard trampoline, make sure you know the risks and realities that come with trampoline use. Here's what you should consider.

Accidents happen

There is a surprising amount of power that can be generated from jumping on a trampoline—children can bounce up to 30 feet, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Head and neck injuries account for 10–17% of all trampoline-related injuries. These often happen with falls and failed somersaults or flips and can be the most catastrophic of all trampoline injuries suffered.  

If you decide to take the leap

If you must have a trampoline, put safety first. Take these steps recommended by the CPSC to reduce the risk of injury: 

  • Allow only one person on the trampoline at a time.
  • Do not attempt or allow somersaults because landing on the head or neck can cause paralysis.
  • Do not use the trampoline without shock-absorbing pads that completely cover its springs, hooks, and frame.
  • Place the trampoline away from structures, trees and other play areas.
  • No child under 6 years of age should use a full-size trampoline. Do not use a ladder, as it can provide unsupervised access to small children.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Trampoline enclosures may help prevent injuries from falls.

The decision to purchase or keep a trampoline comes down to risk versus reward. While they may seem appealing as a fun summer activity, be sure to understand the safety risks as well as the legal and financial risks that come with owning a trampoline. Read more about trampolines and the ups and downs of owning one, here…

Janet Anderson, Personal Insurance Consultant