Trampolines pose a number of safety risks, particularly if not properly maintained. Make sure your trampoline is in good condition and features safety padding and a safety net.
Trampolines consist of a strong, stretched fabric attached with springs to a metal frame. They're available with padding to cover the springs and a safety net to prevent falls.
Risks and injuries
Children and adults can suffer:
- cuts, bruises, sprains and fractures if they fall and hit the side of the trampoline, the ground, or a nearby object
- pinches to their skin and other injuries if they get their heads or limbs entangled in the trampoline springs.
Infants can suffer serious injuries from falls, pinching and crushing if they use trampolines or are near a trampoline others are using.
- Make sure the trampoline has safety padding on the frame to avoid injuries if a child accidentally hits the frame. Ensure the safety pads are a contrasting colour to the mat.
- Buy safety pads to completely cover the steel frame and springs if your trampoline does not have them.
- Consider buying a safety net. They can prevent users falling off the trampoline.
- Regularly check that the trampoline is in good condition, making sure the mat does not have holes, springs are intact and securely attached at both ends, the frame is not bent, and leg braces are securely locked.
- Ensure that the area around the trampoline is free from hazards like walls, play equipment or garden furniture and that there is a minimum overhead clearance of 8m from ground level to avoid objects like clothes lines, trees and wires.
- Ensure only one child at a time uses the trampoline, that they jump in the centre of the mat and that they climb, not jump, off the trampoline.
- If your trampoline has a safety net, ensure that you regularly check its condition as they are prone to deterioration due to exposure to sunlight. Do not allow children to bounce toward or off the safety net.
Watch Australian Olympian trampolinist Blake Gaudry explain the simple steps you can take to avoid injuries such as fractures, open wounds, dislocations and head injuries.