Trampolines provide a lot of joy to kids and can entertain (and tire them out) for hours. As soon as you see the delight on their face you’ll know it was a great choice to get one. But did you know that it can actually be unsafe if the children are too young? The general recommendation is that children under six years of age should keep off trampolines.
It’s important to acknowledge that toddlers are much more likely to get hurt while jumping around. If they are on it with other children, it is even more dangerous for them as they don’t have as much control over their bodies.
These simple rules are a good way to ensure everyone has fun on the trampoline and no one gets hurt:
- Always remove shoes
- Only one child should jump at a time
- Avoid somersaults and other dangerous moves that could potentially cause neck and spinal injuries
- Children should always be under full supervision while on the trampoline
- Make sure the mat is dry
- Make sure the frame and springs are covered with safety padding and the safety net is closed
- Inspect the net and mat regularly for holes or tears
Trampolines can be a great way to keep your kids active and entertained with a few common-sense guidelines.