The growth in sales over the last decade or two has resulted in a proliferation of trampolines across the UK. You only have to look at Google Earth images to see how many gardens display the tell-tale blue disc to see how popular they have become.
But although garden trampolines provide an excellent opportunity for children and young adults to obtain physical exercise, experience has shown that they aren’t always good for their health.
Hospital A&E departments throughout the country are reporting high levels of trampoline accidents and injuries.
In response to this RoSPA has issued advice for parents. This has been developed in association with garden trampoline manufacturers and doctors and the Society hopes it will prevent severe and life-changing injures.
Before buying a trampoline we should ensure that it is fitted with safety pads which cover the springs, hooks and frame.
Models fitted with integral safety netting are particularly recommended . Netting can help to prevent the user coming into contact with rigid components or bouncing off the trampoline altogether.
Consumers should check that the trampoline meets European Standard EN71-14:2014 ‘Safety of toys – Trampolines for domestic use’.
When it comes to locating the trampoline RoSPA say that energy absorbing ground is best. So lawns, or surfaces covered in wood chippings are ideal.
Where there is no netting it is recommended that you create a 2.5m safe zone free of obstructions and hazardous items just in case the user falls off.
Trampolines should never be placed on hard surfaces such as concrete or tarmac unless absorbent safety matting is fitted.
The apparatus should be assembled in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and once erected the trampoline should be securely fastened.
Children should always be supervised and use a trampoline one at a time. Over half of all trampoline injuries occur when more than one person is using a trampoline.
Risky and complicated moves such as somersaults should be avoided by children who are inexperienced and untrained. The ‘bouncing exit’ should never be performed.
It is hoped that the problem of trampoline injury will start to fall if this advice is heeded.
Our accident team regularly help people who have suffered a trampoline injury and you can read about one of our successes here.
In order to make a successful trampoline injury claim it is usually necessary to establish circumstances in which a person or organisation can be held responsible for the accident. We operate a FREE trampoline injury helpline, so if you would like to know if compensation can be claimed then contact us for a free assessment on 0333 888 0408 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org