Trampoline jumping is one of the most fun and engaging outdoor games for children. It involves high levels of energy and excitement that are sure to keep the child thrilled and let them enjoy themselves thoroughly. In recent times, however, there has been an increased concern on the safety of the activity after so many sprains, injuries and fractures have been reported. Parents have been seeking clarification on whether it is safe for their kids, and the answer seems to be no. Well, if safety standards and measures are not observed, it is almost guaranteed that the child will sustain injuries.
On the other hand, you can take a few measures to reduce the chances of your child sustaining any such injuries while playing on a trampoline. Some of them include:
INSTALLING IT AT A SAFETY PERIMITER OF AT LEAST THREE METERS
A trampoline should always be installed away from trees, fences and objects that could injure the child in case of a bad jump. You don't want your kid plummeting straight into an electric face or a tree. This could cause some severe damage, including broken bones, electric shock and broken teeth. Make sure the environment is safe, and you could even add additional features to minimize any likely injuries, for instance, by installing soft material around the trampoline to ensure a smooth landing if the child happens to bounce off the trampoline.
CHECKING THE SPRINGS AND OTHER PARTS TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE IN PLACE
A trampoline is made up of a flexible mat that is stretched out by several springs in a frame. When in use, the springs get very tense and handle a lot of force. Imagine what would happen if one snaps suddenly with a child in the middle of the trampoline.
You should always check the springs and the mat to make sure that they are in good shape and work the way they are supposed to before letting your child on the trampoline.
MAKING SURE SAFETY PADS ARE COVERING THE HARD COMPONENTS
The springs, metal and any other hard component of the trampoline should be well padded with soft material that can protect a child from harm if they happen to land there. If left bare, these parts could cause some severe injuries and also lower the useful life of the trampoline. Most models have a different colour of padding and the mat, but as long as it is there, the trampoline should be okay to use.
ADD A TRAMPOLINE SAFETY NET
These don't necessarily come with the trampoline on purchase, and you may have to buy them separately. Safety nets not only prevent the child from being flung off the trampoline to the hard surface but also stops them from hitting the metallic parts and falling to the ground.
In conclusion, trampolines are safe if they are handled, maintained, stored and used correctly. All parts should be checked to make sure that they are in the right state and the metallic parts, including the springs, should be covered with protective padding.
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