Although one of the healthiest and most entertaining products you could have in your backyard, there’s no question owning a trampoline does come with its risks. After all, it is an apparatus designed to catapult humans into the sky.
But that doesn’t mean all the fun (and just as well, the myriad of health benefits) should end.
With the right care and precautions taken, you can reduce the risk of accidents and injury. Here’s what you should know about trampoline safety.
1 – Assemble the Trampoline Properly
We hate to point out the obvious, but unfortunately, it’s all too common that a trampoline is assembled in haste, or with little knowledge. Make sure all springs are in their correct position, and the bolts are carefully fastened. Having trouble putting yours together? Stu from No Worries Assembly is our go-to guy.
2 – Install Spring Pads
These humble little accessories are worth more credit than what they get. Placing them atop your springs protects arms and legs from the steely pinch of caught skin in a spring. Purchase yours here.
3 – Don’t Try Complex Tricks without Professional Supervision
As much as you want to impress your friends (or your mum), hold off on the fancy flips until you’ve acquired professional training and supervision.
4 – Make Sure the Trampoline Mat is Dry
Falling backwards won’t hurt on the forgiving mat of a trampoline, but it will hurt if you slip right off onto the ground – a very real possibility if you’re jumping on a wet or icy surface.
5 – Wait Your Turn
Trampolines are designed to be used by one person at a time, so wait your turn to jump on. Patience is a virtue, folks.