May 10, 2017
If there was a Boy Scout badge for trampoline safety, we would have it. And we would wear it proudly because we know how crucial safety is when it comes to trampolines. But enough about us and our hypothetical award, let’s talk about you and your trampoline. Are you playing it safe? Take a look at the 5 tips below to find out!
Safety Tip 1: No Kids Under Six
We’re not trying to discriminate against 5-year-olds, we promise. But it’s important to note that kids under six should not jump on full-sized trampolines. This can be especially hard for all of those 4 and 5-year-olds who longingly wait for the day they can take their turn on the “big kid” trampoline.
But there’s a reason we recommend children be at least 6-years-old. You see, children under the age of six are still growing and developing, and they’re particularly prone to a proximal tibia fracture, or a form of a broken leg.
Dr. Michele LaBotz, member of the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) explained, “If you get an adult who’s about 170 pounds bouncing with a kid who’s 40 to 50 pounds, the recoil of the mat, when that kid lands — and especially if he’s not landing right — he generates about the same amount of force as if he went from nine feet (three meters) onto a hard surface. And you don’t think of that because the mat’s kind of soft and bouncy.”
A proximal tibia fracture is more likely with young kids (usually ages 2-5 years) who jump on a full-sized trampoline with an additional heavier person. To significantly reduce this risk, we’ve provided an alternate option for little tots who want to hang with the big kids (because hey, we don’t blame ya, kid. Trampolines are cool.)
The Skywalker Trampolines Mini Bouncer series is the perfect solution for providing small kids a safe place to jump, explore, and learn. Our mini bouncers are equipped with stretch bands in the place of springs, in order to provide a smooth jump for growing bodies. A 360-degree handrail also helps kids stabilize their bounce, teaching them movement control. So all in all, it’s a win win.
Safety Tip 2: One Jumper at a Time
Yes, we know this suggestion might seem a bit lame… especially for those who have fond memories of “stealing someone’s bounce” and getting shot up so high they practically circled the moon and back. Ah, science.
But science also tells us that 75% of all trampoline accidents are caused by having more than one jumper at a time. Ouch. It makes sense though… what starts out as a friendly game of popcorn might end in a few bumped heads and a couple tears shed.
We know it might be hard for your little ones to wait their turn to jump… and it certainly doesn’t sound as exciting to jump solo. That’s one of the reasons we’ve created a variety of trampoline accessories, giving the whole family an opportunity to play. Check out some add-ons that might be a game-changer for your family, including basketball hoops, a volleyball net, a double toss game, a bounce back game, a football game, and more!
Safety Tip 3: Don’t Jump Under the Influence
Don’t use the trampoline if you have been using drugs or alcohol.
Don’t use the trampoline if you have been using drugs or alcohol. Also, drugs are bad. Just don’t do drugs, kids.
Safety Tip 4: Watch Out for Wind
Windy conditions might not be the scariest of mother nature’s mood swings, but they can escalate quickly and create dangerous situations (I mean, tornadoes, am I right?). The honest truth is that it can be quite hazardous to jump on your trampoline during high winds, or even stand near your trampoline in gusty conditions. Trampolines can become airborne, and cause significant damage to your property, your trampoline, and even yourself.
First, it’s probably a good idea to lower the enclosure poles of your trampoline, as the enclosure net acts as a sail and can pick up your trampoline with a good wind storm. It’s also a good idea to invest in steel wind stakes, which will help anchor your trampoline to the ground. And last of all, please don’t just stand by your trampoline when a storm is approaching. We don’t know why you would… but better not.
Safety Tip 5: Check Below
This one is pretty obvious… make sure there’s nothing under the trampoline! The trampoline should be on a level surface, and check underneath to make sure there’s no toys, pets, chickens, pet chickens, little brothers or sisters, big pointy things, boulders, etc. I think it’s safe to say that the only thing that should be under your trampoline is grass. Or dirt depending on if your lawn isn’t doing so hot this year.
In order to prevent animals, objects, (or small children) from camping out under your trampoline, a few of our accessories double as a safety barrier. Our Sure Shot Lower Enclosure Net Accessory Game is a net that wraps around the bottom legs of the trampoline, which features a fun bounce back game for target practice, but also prevents small objects or children from venturing underneath the jumping area.
So how did you do? If you’ve checked off everything in the list above, you’re one step closer to receiving your very own Boy Scout badge for trampoline safety! And we think that’s pretty cool.
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