Trampoline Safety Guide for Mums and Dads

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The Ultimate Kids Trampoline Safety Guide for Mum and Dad to ensure that your children and your children’s friends – cause we know it’s going to be a popular destination all year round for the children –  are safe to play with and without your supervision.

Please make sure younger children are supervised at all times. This guide was written to help you in making the right decision about your trampoline purchase if you have any feedback on things that could be added to this Ultimate trampolines safety guide, then please get in touch here.

Firstly we will jump into some general safety tips and then elaborate on them a bit more.

Please note that this is just a guide, written from experience. Always refer to your trampolines safety manual. If you think something should be added to this guide or have any comments, please scroll to the bottom of this page and add a suggestion.

What kind of trampolines can you buy?
If you’re not looking for a safety trampoline guide but instead looking to purchase a recommended trampoline then please choose from our Trampoline Offers and Discounts page, or if you’re looking for a trampoline by size you can visit our 8ft Trampolines with enclosures, 10ft Trampolines with enclosures, 12ft Trampolines with enclosures, 14ft Trampolines with enclosures and a whole range of different models and sizes.

Safety tips when buying any trampoline

Trampoline safety should primarily be the major thing to consider when you are purchasing a new trampoline. When you buy trampolines, consider these tips to provide you with some of the ways to ensure a safe environment for your kids. If you decide not to read this complete extensive guide – focus on this first section which covers the balance between cheap trampolines and high-quality trampolines and why it’s important for trampoline safety.

Look to buy a high-quality trampoline

Firstly, buy a high-quality trampoline. Keep it a point to research and read reviews for the best product and fit for you, and our buyers guide here will help you to make the correct decision. However, in terms of safety, not all trampolines are created equal, and it’s important to remember that. Getting a trampoline on sale when shopping for the best deal is the right way for you to save money, however, make sure that the trampoline meets certain European Union standards such as the EN-71.

We hope this trampoline safety guide provides some answers to the question of which is the safest trampoline to buy.

It’s important to remember that when you buy trampolines that are cheap or second hand, it has the potential to do more harm than good.

These more affordable or more so badly made trampolines are dangerous to use, won’t last the winter – make sure to check out our maintenance and winter care guide if you’re concerned about how to take care of your trampoline in the winter or summer.

You wouldn’t want to sacrifice your child’s safety just to make a couple of quid worth of saving.

cheap but good quality trampolines
It’s essential to have a balance in mind; you don’t want to go too cheap on a trampoline where you sacrifice quality and safety. Ensure you purchase from a retailer with safety in mind.

Thus, it is crucial to find a quality trampoline with safety in mind while finding a balance between the price and quality. While I say it’s essential to find a good quality trampoline this doesn’t have to break the bank, there are plenty of options for great outdoor cheap trampolines and there are a lot of great bargain trampolines on offer throughout the year.

We regularly post trampoline offers and discounts over on our trampoline offers and discount pages.

Follow the instructions correctly and check everything is there

Trampoline parts
Before you start building, make sure that all the parts listed are there with your trampoline, a bolt missing or spring damaged could leave you without a safe trampoline and a lengthy wait for a replacement

After you’ve purchased a trampoline you are happy with you should set up the trampoline correctly adhering to all set-out instructions. Take special note of reading the directions entirely before you start putting everything together. Usually, a step by step guide to building is included and a trampoline safety guide.

Read up on weight restrictions this could range from 50 KG (8 stone) to 100 KG (15 stone) or more, and safety precautions listed on the manual.

With the aim to ensure that it’s suitable – although these should have been researched first before buying your trampoline.

Once your new trampoline has arrived I’m sure the kids will be eager to get on it and start jumping around as soon as possible, so it could be wise to choose a time when you are childfree to ensure that the instructions are followed correctly and there are no distractions – get help to build the trampoline if you’re looking to get it set up as quickly as possible.

You will want to make sure that there are at least two of you there to help build the trampoline – It can be done with on your own but may take extra time.

Before starting to put together your brand new trampoline, you need to ensure that all the parts are there. This last part is so important, let me tell you, there is nothing worse than building up your brand new trampoline with the kids watching and waiting to later on find that there’s a spring missing or a bolt missing from your trampoline that in turn leads to the frustration of having to reach out to the company you bought it from through various phone calls and emails to get the spare parts sent out meanwhile that trampoline which is half built and half secure sits in your garden all while you have to continuously tell the kids that they cannot use it until the new part arrives a week later.

Wow, that was a big rant right, check everything as that’s happened to me before 🙂 So take note.

The location of your trampoline is crucial

Location Location Location, no it’s not Kirsty and Phil here (I’m not sure if anyone would get that reference) but in all seriousness picking the correct location for your trampoline to go is so important, I’ve witnessed some genuinely unsafe practices when it comes to where people tend to set up their garden trampolines, one-time a trampoline positioned where it was overlooking a bustling road, with just a small concrete wall between the garden and the road and worst of all – no safety enclosure!

So with regards to the location where the trampoline should be situated, avoid areas near trees – this can lead to sore heads, cut faces and so many different injuries, poles, fences and other hazardous objects – the last thing you want is your child to fall onto a sharp object or hard surface injuring themselves, it happens more than you think.

We advise every new trampoline purchase should come with a safety enclosure and net made for that item (usually purchased together) – it seems to be more the norm now, but the majority of trampolines bought 5-6 years ago often had the safety enclosure as optional, never consider a safety net/enclosure as optional.

Where not to put a trampoline
When buying a trampoline, make sure you have enough room in the garden – if it’s indeed an outdoor trampoline, ensure that the trampoline is not placed near or under trees, near or surrounded by fencing as this can be sharp with hard edges and never near or close to roads.

One Child at a time – Use Caution mums and dads

This one’s a tricky one so stick with us throughout it, initially, avoid allowing more than one person to play on the trampoline – there is without a doubt a much higher risk of collisions that could turn out to be dangerous and could lead to injuries to your child. We do understand that the whole point of getting a trampoline most likely is so that your children and their friends would be able to play together while having fun on the trampoline – and that is possible, so we’ve only got a couple of tips that should bring the risk of an injury down.

For the first couple of tries, one child at a time
So we know this is going to be unpopular but as a parent, it’s imperative to let your child get to know the environment and use of their brand new trampoline without having to focus on avoiding distractions. Every trampoline is different and bounces differently so allow your child first to get to know the feel of the trampoline before allowing more than one person on at a time.
Don't let adolescents bounce with young children
Be aware that small children cannot cope with the force generated by much older children while on a trampoline, older children and teens are heavier and more adventurous which could lead to a situation where your younger child is in danger of injury. It’s ok to join your child on the trampoline or an older child assist a younger child but only when their focus is on the younger child to avoid any injuries.

Stunts and Tricks – It’s all fun at the time

trampoline ladder
Trampoline ladders are great additions to improve the safety of your trampoline, especially to younger children.

Finally, we reach the last section of the general safety tips you should be aware of before you buy your new trampoline, be careful not to encourage your child to jump off the trampoline straight onto the ground. – We advise after playing you try to ensure your child always gets off correctly to avoid injury this could be dropping from the side of the trampoline to the ground or down via a trampoline ladder – which are often included in trampoline and enclosure packages or can be purchased separately from these retailers. It is also an excellent practice to teach your children how to land correctly for an incorrect landing can injure a child’s neck and back as the shock from bouncing to a hard surface is significant. Aside from that, there should also be a need for controlling your child’s jumping. Know where they will land and don’t let them go too high.

Consider it good practice to teach your children on how to land correctly when they use the trampoline, as an incorrect landing can injure a child’s neck and back both on the actual trampoline and from bouncing to the ground as the shock from jumping to a hard surface is significant. Aside from that, there should also be a need for controlling your child’s jumping – know where they will land and don’t let them go too high.

Children tend to be a lot more adventurous especially when they first get onto the trampoline, thus, take an opportunity to remind not to perform stunts on the trampoline. Professionals only do tricks and stunts like twists, somersaults and other dangerous aerobatics. Try telling that to your 9-year-old, am I right? Never the less all you can do is take the precautions we’ve laid out to ensure that you and your child have a great experience with your new trampoline.

Tricks and stunts like twists, somersaults and other dangerous aerobatics are only done by professionals – try telling that to your 9-year-old, am I right? Never the less all you can do is take the precautions we’ve laid out to ensure that you and your child have a great experience with your new trampoline.

Truly, trampolines make a great addition to the garden, perfect for keeping the kids entertained during a summer BBQ or garden party, but when you are on the lookout for a new trampoline, please ensure that you’re also aware of the possible consequences and risk.

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading! We’ve put together some more resources, tips, and guides on trampoline safety below.

trampoline safety issues

How do you stop your child from falling off a trampoline?

Children no doubt love trampolines. The idea and happy feeling of jumping over trampoline will be one of your child’s highest enjoyment – it’s a pure pleasure yet so much fun, and here at kids trampolines we only want to encourage the great benefits that come with owning a trampoline. However, the trampoline, especially in regards to smaller children does pose an extra hazard if you are interested in buying an outdoor trampoline, so the correct implementation is vital.

Trampoline safety tips
The Vancouver Coastal Health Flyer for “Air on the side of caution” safety initiative. It sets out some easy to digest tips to ensure your child is safe. Although Canadian aimed, the points apply too much of the world including the UK.

We are of course talking about the height of the trampoline, in particular, the height of the trampoline bouncing pad to the ground. We’ve already talked about the location you should put your trampolines such as an area free from objects such as rocks/stones/hard surfaces/trees/fences/roads and anything that could cause harm.

Look to place the trampoline on soft, level grass. So hopefully you’ve located the correct spot.

The best-known type of trampoline is the above ground trampoline. This is where the surface of a trampoline is elevated a foot or two from the ground which, has lead to a lot of parents being concerned about the rise and popularity of trampolines.

These may contribute to safety hazards and reports of accidents as a result of children accidentally falling off the edges or receiving an injury from using the trampoline. There are specific alternatives that can be used. These additional safety devices can be purchased separately or are often included in trampoline bundles by the most popular retailers.

Trampoline enclosures what are they and how important are they?

Trampoline enclosure and netting
Trampoline enclosures provide a safe netting surround to help ensure that your children are safe when using an outdoor trampoline

When purchasing a new outdoor trampoline for the kids, you should always be on the lookout for either purchasing a trampoline that has a trampoline enclosure included with the bundle or looking to buy one separately as an add-on purchase.

I personally would always look to have one included with a purchase as this often saves money not only on the overall price of the bundled items as opposed to them bought separately but also the additional delivery charges that you could end up paying if you first purchase an outdoor trampoline and then realise that you should have probably got a trampoline enclosure to accompany it.

A trampoline enclosure is a massive structure that usually clips onto the steel rods of the trampoline at their strongest point, that parts necessary – it’s to ensure that they are strong enough to protect your child from falling off the edge of the trampoline. From those strongest points, a trampoline enclosure includes extensive polls coming from the steel frame of the trampoline and is surrounding/wrapped in protective netting.

The idea of a trampoline enclosure is to enclose (as the name suggests) the trampoline to ensure that your child is safe from falling off the edge due to a miss bounce or bump with another child/object.

A trampoline enclosure is an essential purchase, and I wouldn’t advise any outdoor trampoline be bought without one. Safety first and it’s the most important aspect of safety for a great trampoline experience for your kids.

Looking for trampoline enclosures?
If you’ve recently purchased a trampoline and haven’t yet purchased a trampoline enclosure, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of retailers and available trampoline enclosures at this link. Remember to inspect your trampoline enclosure and netting to ensure that there aren’t any tears or breaks – replacement nets and parts can also be ordered from kids trampolines.

Pit trampolines are an option for safety concerned parents

A second option is creating a pit trampoline in the garden, pit trampolines also known as in-ground trampolines are just ordinary purchased outdoor trampoline that has been inserted into a pit in the ground. This particular trampoline is used to eliminate all possible dangers from falling from the height of an above the ground trampoline which are usually 1 to 2 feet in height. This can be a popular alternative to the standard version of having the trampoline above the ground.

pit trampoline
Pit trampolines are built into the ground; this provides an extra level of safety for children using the trampoline.

After buying purchasing your trampoline, you should create a pit somewhere in the yard following our previous safety precautions on choosing a safe location.

To create the pit, you need to be careful as this can be just as much of a safety hazard as an elevated trampoline if done incorrectly. Pits should be deep enough to ensure that the trampoline is at ground level. It should also be drained of any still water otherwise the ground under the trampoline is eventually going to become unsteady and unsafe as the rain/water erodes the pit. This is the step where a drainage plan is put in place to ensure that no erosion is going to cause the trampoline to become unsafe.  Finally, always make sure to have that the size of the pit is big enough to fit the actual trampoline with the frame on it too.

Are pit trampolines viable?
We don’t go too much in detail in this safety guide on pit trampolines as it’s an expensive and tedious plan to eliminate the safety hazards that are essentially the same as what a trampoline enclosure and net solve for less cost and work. The one thing that an inground trampoline could provide benefit to is that the general look of your garden as it won’t have a large trampoline sitting on top of the grass, instead, a pit trampoline would be barely visible.
Trampoline safety products
Trampoline Safety Products

The 5 top trampoline safety products

As this guide focuses on safety, so far we’ve talked about location, the height of the trampoline, how many people should be on it now let’s talk about the equipment and products available that can help keep your child safe while using a trampoline. So we’ve set up a guide for the top five main trampoline safety products that are available today, it comprises of the top safety enclosures, spring pads, kid net or the bottom safety enclosure, safety steps, and the ladders. You will notice we talked about trampoline enclosures in a bit of detail above. Here in this section, we decided to list out the top 5 that we feel are essential to purchase if they are not included already in a trampoline bundle. Most of these items are.

A good quality trampoline safety enclosure

Trampoline enclosure and nettingOne of the trampoline safety products is the top safety enclosure. Its main purpose is to keep users especially children from falling off of the trampoline while they are in the process of jumping and having fun. Most of the recorded injuries from jumping on a trampoline do not mainly come from falling on the mat; rather accidents often occur due to the falling off the trampoline onto the ground. Thus, it is imperative that more focused parental supervision is necessary to avoid accidents among children. There is a wide range of top safety enclosures accessible and are all provided with different levels of quality.

Spring pads stop the fingers and skin getting caught

trampoline pads

The next trampoline safety products are the spring pads. The main purpose of these safety pads is to cover the springs and the frame of the trampoline, especially for safety measures. This would help in keeping the legs or hands from going between the springs. The pads can range from 1/2″ to 2″ making it the thicker, the better in terms of safety. The pads are made from foam rubber with a UV protected plastic. They often come in colors of blue, red, and green and other highly colored hues.

Trampoline Safety Skirt – Underneath net

Trampoline safety skirtA trampoline safety skirt is one of the new trampoline safety products that are designed to keep your children and anything else from getting under the trampoline. This is soft similar to the top enclosures. This mainly protects children from getting beneath the trampoline. This net can also be the best addition to any trampoline size or shape, essentially it stops a small child or toddler from running about underneath the trampoline especially when the trampoline is in use – this can prevent bumps to the head from the mat above and can also prevent a child from putting their fingers in the springs of the trampoline when in use.

Trampoline ladders

trampoline ladderTrampoline ladders which are generally made of aluminum tubes. Trampoline ladders are made to hook over the trampoline frame so your children can have access to the jumping surface. These are typically advised to be included in the main purchase of your trampoline, and they can assist smaller children in gaining access to the trampoline and in turn, can essentially be removed to prevent access to the trampoline when you are not there to provide supervision.

Trampoline weather covers

trampoline weather coverLastly, trampoline weather covers are often overlooked when someone is on the lookout to purchase a brand new trampoline. However, they provide a great benefit for your trampoline in that they help protect the trampoline jumping pad and improve the general upkeep of your newly purchased trampoline. If you take care of your trampoline, especially in the autumn and winter the trampoline pad will, in turn, be stronger and last much much longer than if you didn’t cover the pad. Keep in mind that trampolines can break at any time if you do not keep up with general maintenance and inspection.

Trampoline safety products are made accessible in the market today to help you choose a product that is compatible with the trampoline you’re currently using. Looking for the best and quality products on the market is necessary for providing a safe experience for your children. Thus, the safest way to an injury free trampoline is to have a combination of all trampoline safety products such as the safety enclosures, spring and frame pads, Kid Nett and trampoline ladders. These lines of safety products do not guarantee the chances of not encountering accidents and injuries, but it will play a big part in cutting down possible chances.

trampoline safety measures

Trampoline safety measures for your kids

Once you’ve purchased your trampoline, there are several safety measures and precautions that are advisable to take. We hope these tips help you and your children to have a fantastic trampoline experience in the garden.

Trampoline safety measures to follow

  • One child on the trampoline at a time when possible.
  • Ensure there is someone nearby who can supervise the trampoline use.
  • Inspect your trampoline equipment every couple of months.
  • Cover your trampoline when not in use.
  • Ensure there is plenty of space surrounding the trampoline.
  • Make sure you have a trampoline ladder especially for smaller children

Things that you should avoid for trampoline safety

  • Ensure that older children don’t use the trampoline with younger children.
  • Ensure That children don’t do stunts and flip on the trampoline.
  • The Trampoline is not placed near water/roads/uneven ground/fences or any other obstructions.
  • Don’t store items on the trampoline.
  • Don’t let children play underneath the trampoline when in use.

To give you an overview of some of the basic pointers of trampoline safety that are commonly overlooked but touched on the list above, it is important to enforce the rule of, one person at a time.

This is due to the weight capacity allowed in using trampolines – trampoline safety is only considered secured when only one person is using it at a time. Think of it this way: when one of your children is on the way down when another one is on the way upwards, then the trampoline bed is coming up towards your other child resulting from hitting the bed. This is the same impact as hitting the ground feet first.

When there is more than one child bouncing at a time, then there is always the risk of collision or banging heads. This could launch someone off by bouncing them; thus. As a result, people would land on top of one another. It is imperative always to use the one at a time, every time policy.

The next trampoline safety measure is always to ensure supervision and in the case of children, parental guidance. Take note of proper precautions, and this can be done by using safety pads to cover the specific areas of the metal frame onto the edges of the trampoline. You can also use crash mats; this can be used in the areas around the trampoline giving you added security and cushion.

Another trampoline safety precaution is the use of safety nets which are exclusively designed for outdoor activities.

Remember all the various trampoline safety restrictions; you can always refer to reliable sources like the user manual.

After purchasing a trampoline, you should always read the directions and safety manual included; by doing this, you can eliminate the risk of unforeseen incidents that can be hazardous to your children.

Performing tricks on the trampoline is also a big risk as they can cause real injuries such as broken bones or spinal injuries.

cheap trampolines is it worth the risk

How safe is buying a cheap trampoline, what’s the risk, and is it worth it?

Trampolines used to be associated with being expensive and costly – thankfully in the last five years, that view has changed significantly, and trampolines are way more affordable than they ever were.

If you’ve thought that trampolines are way out of your budget, then think again. You’ll be surprised to know that there is a selection of cheap or budget trampolines on the market.

At kids trampolines, I make it our mission to provide you with recommendations on an extensive range of trampolines from the affordable budget garden trampoline around the £100 mark such as Zero Gravity trampolines to the latest and newest in tech trampolines with added style and bounce from established manufacturers such as Jumpking whose trampolines range from £200-£600+.

With the popularity of trampolines booming in the last five years –  it’s only grown and grown! –  The consumer has demanded more affordable outdoor trampolines that fit the family needs. This, in turn, gives rise to the budget trampoline / cheap trampoline.

A lot of people are afraid to buy a cheap trampoline due to the risk of poor quality, and lapse of safety standards or far enough cheap products have negative connotations of being unsafe.

However.

Low-end trampolines are referred to as budget trampolines by different manufacturers. These kinds of trampolines are more cost-effective which doesn’t necessarily mean that they are not up to the correct safety standards.

Every product sold to a UK consumer must follow strict safety guidelines but please bear in mind that you do get what you pay for. You will need to have the realisation that a £100 8ft trampoline that has an enclosure included and a weather cover cannot be expected to last more than a well-established brand such as the Jumpking 10ft trampoline with all the bells and whistles that comes in at a total of £369.

We hope this trampoline safety guide provided the information you were looking for in regards to trampoline safety especially with children in mind. We love trampolines here at kidstrampolines.co.uk but also realise that there are some risks to owning a trampoline. If you take note of our safety measures and put the guidelines into practice, I’m sure you will have a great time with your new trampoline purchase!

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