Before using your mini trampoline, it is important to understand proper safety procedures before, during, and after use in order to ensure you safely enjoy your equipment.
Before we get to the finer points of trampoline safety, here are a few basic ground rules to get us started.
- One person only – Mini trampolines are built for one person at a time, no exceptions.
- No animals – The equipment is made for humans only, animals can get injured themselves, or injure other people on a trampoline.
- Use for intended purpose only – Certain types of mini trampolines are made for certain activities. Make sure to limit your activities only to the intended purpose.
- Read the manual - Before you do anything, make sure you’ve read the manual that came with your trampoline. It will give you specific instructions for assembling, using, and storing that particular piece of equipment. It should also contain pertinent safety warnings that are not covered in this article.
- Adult supervision – Make sure there is always an adult around to supervise trampoline use.
Proper Maintenance and Care
Following all the above safety suggestions may still not be enough unless your trampoline is properly maintained. This includes storing the trampoline properly. Make sure you keep it away from areas where food is served so you can avoid getting any corrosive substance on it. If you use the trampoline outdoors, you should always bring it back under cover when not in use. Direct sunlight, rain, and snow can damage the trampoline over time.
You should always avoid putting objects with sharp edges on the surface of the trampoline. Also, it is best to use soft running shoes or bare feet on when using the trampoline.
If you plan on buying a mini trampoline for use by a toddler or young child, you should get one that includes an enclosure. According to Daily News Central, 32 percent of mini trampoline injuries were suffered by children younger than 6 years of age. Trampoline enclosures are made to keep the youngster on the trampoline so they do not injure themselves by falling off the trampoline onto the ground.
Many mini trampolines for children come with enclosures, such as the My First Trampoline With Enclosure or the Bazoongi Kids 55″ Junior Combo Trampoline and Enclosure.
When using a mini trampoline, always make sure to jump on it feet first. Unlike larger trampolines that allow for bouncing on your bottom or doing flips, a mini trampoline is only suitable for bouncing up and down on your feet.
Make sure that you stand in the center of the trampoline while in use. Standing off center can result in flipping the trampoline or throwing your body off balance. Do not attempt to bounce off the trampoline. Instead, make sure you have stopped all vertical movement before dismounting.
By following these simple safety rules you can prevent a majority of common trampoline injuries from occurring.
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