By Hollie Harris
There’s no denying it – kids love a trampoline. The backyard ’toy’ which has stood the test of time is a great way for kids to keep fit, bounce off some energy and fly, jump, flip and boing the hours away with a smile on their face.
Unfortunately, there are also around eight people a day injured on a trampoline.
Over 3000 trampoline-related injuries are reported each year in Australia. Kids five and nine years are at the highest risk of injury. While many of the injuries are relatively minor, some incidents can result in serious injuries and can even be fatal.
The most common cause of injury is from falling from the trampoline.
How safe is your trampoline? Follow this checklist to keep kids safe on trampolines:
1. One at a time
Make sure there is only one child on the trampoline.
Watch children at all times, and take extra care with younger children as they are more prone to serious injury.
3. Safety padding
Always use safety padding on the frame.
4. Check condition
Regularly check the mat and net don’t have holes, springs are intact and securely attached at both ends, the frame is not bent and that leg braces are locked.
5. Hazard free surrounds
Make sure the area around the trampoline is free from hazards like fences or garden furniture, and that there is an overhead clearance to avoid objects like clotheslines, trees and wires.