We know you want your kids to be safe, in everything they do. Every parent does. And we do too. After all, safety is our thing.
Which is why it’s so awesome that trampolines (and outdoor play equipment in general) have come a long way since we were kids. There are now safety standards, for a bunch of different industries, which guides manufacturers and retailers in what is and isn’t ok, in terms of safety and design.
Trampolines have their own safety standard. But what does the standard actually mean to you as parents? And how can you use it to inform and guide your decisions? We’ve got you covered, with this decoded version of the Australian Safety Standards – an all-you-need-to-know guide.
The safety standards aren’t super easy to find in full without purchasing them, but the most important thing you need to know as parents is that the safety standard for trampolines (AS 4989:2015) isn’t mandatory. In short, this means trampoline manufacturers don’t have to comply. So that’s the bad news.
The good news: is that it’s in the best interest of each trampoline retailer or manufacturer to meet these standards. The standards set a benchmark after all, so it really is smart for suppliers to meet these benchmarks.
More good news: the standards draw attention to the importance of some key safety features for trampolines… something that wasn’t really much of a discussion topic back in the day of the rusty old spring trampolines we all grew up on! They also let us as parents know the most important things to look out for.
The current trampoline safety standard gives requirements for padding – or protection to the jumper that stops them from coming into contact with the springs, the frame or any hard impact surface.
And it’s not enough to simply have the padding, to be fully compliant, a trampoline’s protection needs to meet set criteria in order to fully ‘pass’.
The latest revisions of the current standard also introduces the requirement for an enclosure around the trampoline. And talks about the ‘integrity’ of the structure of the trampoline, as well as raising some important updates to the protection the trampolines have from UV (so they don’t break down quickly in the sun).
Surprisingly, this is not an easy answer to determine. One thing that most parents and consumers are not aware of, is that there is no official ‘Safety Standard badge of approval’ from the Australian Standards Committee, which says “yes, this one trampoline definitely 100% meets all parts of the safety standard for trampolines.”
Thankfully, however, there are third parties that are independent who can conduct tests and investigations based on the standard – like the ‘Australian consumer watchdog’ Choice, who did just that.
Choice did one of these independent tests in 2012, based on the then-current Australian safety standard (AS 4989-2006, Trampolines – Safety aspect). In their 2012 test, Choice investigated the safety features of a number of different trampoline brands and models.
And the results, you ask? Of all the trampoline models tested by Choice in 2012, they found only one to pass the tests; and say this is the only model they recommend.
We’re proud to say the one model found to pass the tests was the Springfree Trampoline R54 Compact Round (go team Springfree)!
So what can you take away from the trampoline standard?
Our advice to you when looking to buy a safe trampoline, is to trust your instincts, and do your research.
You can’t always believe what you hear. The lack of an official ‘compliant’ badge for the safety standards means that any company can say they are compliant with the Australian trampoline safety standards… until proven otherwise and asked by the Australian Standard committee to refrain from stating their ‘compliance’.
So make sure you do your research into the various safety components of the trampolines you’re considering. Don’t just trust the words ‘safety standard compliant’ – but instead look into the safety features of the trampoline you’re looking at, and assess it for yourself.
For example, many of the key safety aspects can look quite similar across different trampoline brands, but the underlying safety features can vary dramatically. Padding and an enclosure doesn’t necessarily mean protection from impacting a hard surface; it’s all in the design, the structure and the materials that make up a trampoline.
And this is why our inventor, Dr Keith Alexander spent 15 years of research and design to re-engineer the traditional trampoline from the ground up to create the Springfree Trampoline.
Dr Keith Alexander’s revolutionary design removes all the hard impact points from the jumping surface, removing the need for springs and hard impact points entirely.
The unique, patented Springfree Trampoline design removes all the impact points that caused 90% of all product-related trampoline injuries, making Springfree Trampoline proudly the world’s safest trampoline.
Thankfully, trampolines have come such a long way since we were kids. And now you’re informed, you’ve got all the tools you need to make the best decision for your family. A trampoline is the perfect addition to any backyard and the kids will love you for it. Happy shopping!
Want to learn more? Have any questions? Our friendly team would love to help. You can give us a call on 1800 586 772. Or you can learn more about our range of Springfree trampolines and our patented safety design.