happy bouncing:
trampoline safety and the best trampolines for kids


Who doesn't love bouncing? As well as being tremendous fun for all ages, trampolines are a great way to keep fit. Getting in a bit of jumping everyday gets the heart pumping and improves balance and coordination skills. And the bouncy surface absorbs shock, so there's no stress on the joints, either. That’s a whole lot of healthy exercise equipment to have in the back garden.



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the best trampolines for kids

For young children, trampolines with safety padding and nets are ideal. If they come with a ladder it's best to remove this when not in use, so that nobody can sneak on unsupervised. The padding should be a different colour to the mat so that the edges are easily spotted.



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where to place your trampoline

It's best to place your trampoline onto soft ground, such as a lawn. This is so the energy can be absorbed properly. The surrounding area needs to be clear of any obstructions such as trees, washing lines and fences, and you should make sure there aren't any toys lying around.



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some basic rules of trampoline safety

It's really important that only one person gets on the trampoline at a time to avoid any little bumping accidents (usually the smaller person is more likely to get hurt). Trampolines aren't safe for the under-sixes, and you should always keep a careful eye on your children as they bounce.



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when not to use the trampoline

If the safety netting is torn, the padding has detached itself from the springs and hooks or the bouncing mat has rips, the trampoline will need to be fixed before it can be safely used. Wet weather makes the surface slippery, so it's better to stay off on rainy days.



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avoiding trampoline accidents

Around 60% of mishaps take place when there's more than one person on the trampoline, so it's wise to always stick to that basic rule. Trampoline safety isn't an exact science but parental supervision, constant checks on the state of the equipment and a boycott on over-ambitious tricks all help.