Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Trampolines

There were an estimated 84,400 trampoline-related injuries in the U.S. in 1996 (140% higher than in 1990) according to the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that trampolines never be used in the home environment, in routine physical education classes or in outdoor playgrounds, and, that children younger than 6 should never use a trampoline

If you have a trampoline:

  • Avoid setting up a ladder – may provide unintended access for small children
  • When the trampoline is not being used, ensure it is secured and not accessible

If you decide to use a trampoline despite the dangers:

  • Avoid using a backyard trampoline
  • Ensure the trampoline has safety netting
  • Ensure the trampoline has padding which covers all of the steel frame and springs
  • Ensure the surface around the trampoline has an impact-absorbing surface material, ideally with the trampoline set in a pit so the mat is at ground level
  • Ensure the trampoline is away from objects
  • Ensure the trampoline has been checked for tears, rust and detachments
  • Ensure adequate supervision
  • Read and heed all available warnings
  • Take off necklaces, ear rings, bracelets, rings, etc.
  • If available, consider using a safety harness and/or spotting belt
  • Don’t use the trampoline at the same time as other people
  • Stay at the center of the mat
  • Do not attempt maneuvers beyond your capability or training
  • Never do somersaults or flips without adequate supervision, especially not on a backyard trampoline – very dangerous

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