Think ahead. Think about all the activities your child can do to stay active and consider other activities first. It’s okay to say no when your child asks for a trampoline. If you choose to allow your children to use a trampoline, talk with your family about the dangers of trampolines and write out the family rules for using the trampoline.
Pay attention. While your child is on a trampoline, actively supervise. This means being nearby where you can directly see the child that is on the trampoline. Children under 6 should not use a trampoline. Take turns being the adult responsible for supervision.
Be prepared. Understand that most injuries happen while on the trampoline, not when falling off. Be ready to enforce the rules for trampoline use. Have a first aid kit and a phone nearby. Never leave a child unattended while on a trampoline.
Make the area safe. Check the equipment regularly to make sure the pads, springs, hooks, frame, bed, net and leg braces are in good condition. Use a sturdy ladder or step stool to get on the trampoline and put it away each night.
Teach safety skills. Do not allow children to do somersaults, tricks, and flips. Stunts can lead to a very serious head or neck injury. Only one person at a time should be on the trampoline. Never jump onto a trampoline from another place.
Set a good example. Be consistent and enforce the rules.
For more information on trampoline safety, click here.