Are your kids begging for a trampoline in your backyard? Are you concerned about their safety using the trampoline in the backyard?
Trampoline is a good way of keeping your body healthy. But a careless usage of it can be fatal.
Those fears can be easily put to rest If the right safety precautions are learned and perfected by your kids. Trampolines don’t kill, how we use them is what kills.
The key things your kids need to learn and perfect are thus:
How to set up a trampoline
How to get on a trampoline
How to dress up for bouncing
How to bounce on a trampoline
How to exit a trampoline
How to unpark a trampoline
How to safely keep a trampoline
Join us as we dig deeper into all these important must-have safety helps. Parents should learn these things and then help their kids who use the trampoline to learn and perfect it.
1. Master How To Set Up A Trampoline
First, you should help them know the right way to set up a trampoline; to prevent yourself from gettingink jured or falling off the trampoline while jumping on it.
Note these tips:
You will need to have these handy tools before starting; Screwdriver, Drill, and a Rubber Mallet.
Now, these are the steps to take to assemble a trampoline;
Take out all the trampoline parts from the box.
This aspect is essential for you to know if you have everything you need or missing.
Lay down all the pieces.
The next step is to assemble a trampoline’s legs and ensure all the holes line-up. This will enable you to screw them together with ease later.
Now, screw the frame to the legs.
Tip: You will need someone or the whole family to join you in assembling it.
The step here is to unfold the jumping mat and make sure the side with the warning label is facing up.
Then begin to connect all the strings to the frame. This aspect is fun!
Before that, you must have attached the mesh to all of the connections. If you ensure the connector goes through the mesh, you will save yourself some time and energy later on.
You need to use your rubber mallet to put the rings inside as the jumping mat gets more firm.
The next step is to attach your trampoline safety protector over the springs.
Then, put the safety foam on across the wall frame.
Now, connect the mesh wall to the frame.
Finally, cross-check all the parts you have assembled. Check the screws if they are firm and confirm the tightness of the jumping mat too. Look at the springs over again to be sure they are appropriately attached.
You can jump onto the trampoline to try it out and be sure it’s safe for you, before allowing you to finally leave it for bouncing.
Now, you, your siblings and friends can start enjoying the trampoline. But first, you can just collapse upon the trampoline from exhaustion.
Note that if you try this assemble instruction and it fails, you can consult your trampoline manual for clarification.
If you have misplaced or lost the manual, you can download your trampoline manual online.
2. Master How To Get On A Trampoline
This may sound easy but many accidents have happened for wrongly stepping on a trampoline.
There is a safe way for you as a child to get on a trampoline and here it is;
First, note these tips:
Ensure you are above five before you start using a trampoline. This is to ensure that you are old enough to follow instructions and climb or jump with little supervision from an adult.
Also, make sure the trampoline is correctly set-up before you climb it. If not, you may trip and fall, which you wouldn’t want to happen.
Frequently, check your trampoline to determine if it’s in good condition for you to use. If not, fix it before you use it.
Make sure only you use it at a time. Take turns to use it so that you, your siblings, and friends won’t push one another by accident. Asides this, it will make it more fun for you.
Whenever you want to use the trampoline, always take permission from your parents or any available adult before you jump on it. This is to ensure proper supervision so that if you get injured an adult will be there to take care of you.
ask your parents to set rules for you, and follow the rules always. For instance, you can be told to always get dressed appropriately before you will be allowed to bounce on it. Or else, you won’t be allowed on the trampoline. But your parents must have told you the importance of dressing up properly so that you will always abide by the rule. Besides this, it will save you from problems even when your parents are not around.
You can use a children’s trampoline for you to be on a safer side. Children’s trampoline comes with safety measures that prevent injuries or falls. Well, this doesn’t mean you will still not be supervised by your parents. just that it’s safer for you than an adult’s trampoline.
Check your trampoline’s manual to see the perfect way to set it up and read the warnings in it for you as a child.
Never allow a child less than five years to get on a trampoline alone or with you. It’s too risky!
Do not use the trampoline when the mat is wet. It will be slippery, and that will make you fall badly.
If you are using your trampoline, make use of safety pads to secure the springs or frames. Better still, you can get a safety net and install it around its sides for security.
Ensure the trampoline area is safe and don’t mount it under a tree, near sharp objects, and make sure the underneath is clear and smooth.
Now that you know all to do before you can get on the trampoline to bounce; let’s see how you should get on the trampoline safely:
Jump into the center of the dry mat.
Don’t somersault or allow your friends to do so on your trampoline. This could make you or them break your neck or spinal cords.
3. Master How To Dress Up For Bouncing
Not every dress Is safe to use for trampolining. Kids should be taught the right wears to use.
A child could be exposed to injuries if they are wrongly dressed up for bouncing. Therefore, here is how to dress up for bouncing;
Tight T-shirts are the right clothing attire for you to bounce on a trampoline. With a tight T-shirt, you will be able to bounce freely.
Don’t wear skirts, either long or short. you won’t be able to bounce freely in it and this can make you fall too.
Don’t wear shorts too. This will reveal your skin, and if you get injured, you may sustain bruises or burns on your skin.
Don’t wear socks. Socks will prevent you from getting proper traction when bouncing.
you can always jump on the trampoline with your bare feet. No shoes, please.
You can wear yoga pants. It’s the most appropriate wear for bouncing on a trampoline. This will make you bounce freely.
You shouldn’t wear jewelry you are getting on the trampoline to bounce. Jewelry is a safety hazard on trampolines—no necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, etc.
If you are a girl or boy with long hair, don’t leave your hair down when you want to bounce. Tie your hair up firmly. This is to avoid the hair getting tangled in something or getting into your face when jumping.
If you don’t have yoga pants, you can also wear tango pants. It’s an excellent alternative to yoga pants.
4. Master How To Bounce On A Trampoline
Children need to know how to bounce on a trampoline safely. This is how you should train yourself and friends to bounce on a trampoline;
You should bend your knees, then spring through your feet.
your arms should be up and out in your front and then straight up in the air.
ensure you maintain a good posture by keeping your body straight.
When you are landing, you should do so with your knee slightly bent.
5. Master How To Exit A Trampoline
Here is an effortless skill for kids to exit a trampoline safely;
Don’t bounce off the trampoline if there is a net around it.
Always try to climb down, not to jump off the trampoline.
6. Master How To Unpark A Trampoline
You may decide to unpark your trampoline because you don’t want your children to get on it or you wish to travel for long. Here is how to quickly and safely unpark a trampoline;
It’s pretty simple to reassemble your trampoline. All you need to do is to reverse the assembling process. Follow the assembling process in this post or check your trampoline manual to do so.
7. Master How To Safely Keep A Trampoline
You should keep your trampoline during winter since you won’t be needing it. Here is how to safely keep a trampoline;
Remove the frame pads, safety net, springs, and jumping mat of your trampoline. Then keep them inside the house to protect them from rain or snow that can damage them. This is because some jumping mats are like a sieve, and water can get to the bottom through them. In return, the frames may get rusted.
Keeping them inside will make your trampoline last longer than leaving it out throughout the winter.
In a nutshell, disassemble your trampoline and keep it in a dry place where it won’t be exposed to water.
However, if you decide to leave it outside, snow can build up on the jumping surface, and this will over-stretch the trampoline’s springs. To avoid this, gently, clear off the snow with a shovel or broom to avoid damaging the mat.
Likewise, take off the frame pads and keep them inside to protect them from rain and snow.
You may no longer deprive yourself of the fun of bouncing just to avoid falling or from getting injured while jumping on the trampoline.
Terkura Vincent is a Trampoline Safety Advocate and CEO of Casdale Trampoline Safety Centre. Our passion is to see families enjoy trampoline with utmost safety. You can help us do this by sharing the articles with other families that use trampoline.
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