Derek's Top Tips for Enjoying Safe Play on the Trampoline
If you’ve ever been stalked, swooped or struck by a magpie, you’ll always remember the sound, the fear, the sting and how to avoid it from ever happening again! Hats, glasses, zip ties on your bike helmet, backpack on your head… whatever it takes!
Similarly, to avoid sunburn – we wear sunscreen; to avoid stinging eyes after swimming – we wear goggles; to avoid abrasions when skating – we wear elbow and knee pads (especially if you're a bit rusty, like me).
Fact is, there are risks all around us, and jumping on a trampoline is no different. Which is why, when we looked at getting a trampoline for our family, we wanted to make sure we could get the safest trampoline on the market. Additionally, we wanted to make sure the kids practiced safe jumping. Especially after we heard, Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital trauma director, Dr Warwick Teague share that he believes the majority of injuries occur where there are more than one kid jumping on the trampoline. “If you have multiple users on the trampoline, I would liken it to cage fighting.”
Springfree Trampoline have made safe backyard play a priority, and their revolutionary design has changed the way trampolines work by eliminating the impact areas that cause 90% of all product-related injuries. How?
- No springs to pinch and trap little hands and feet
- Hidden frame that sits well below the jumping surface – making it impossible to hit
- SoftEdge™ Mat that’s 30 times more shock-absorbent than pads
- FlexiNet™ enclosure and net rods that cushion jumpers and prevent falls
So they've done their bit. That final 10% comes down to the jumpers. As parents, it was important that we knew our kids knew how to play safely. When they're following these 5 Safe Jumping Rules we have peace of mind that the kids are going to have all the fun without any of the tears (tantrums-aside - no activity in the world can seem to erase these).
Follow these jumping rules for the ultimate in trampoline safety.
- NO FLIPS OR DOUBLE BOUNCES: Untrained jumpers can land on their head and neck, causing serious injury. Check out this video to see how dangerous a double bounce can be!
- ONE AT A TIME: Having a single jumper eliminates the chance of collisions and injuries.
- SUPERVISE: A responsible adult should keep an eye on the jumper.
- SAFE CLEARANCE: Keep enough space around the trampoline (we recommend 1.5 metres) to allow room for the net to flex out.
- KEEP IT LOCKED: Zipping the net when the trampoline is not being used will keep unwanted jumpers away.
Keep safe out there!