On average 8 people a day are injured on a trampoline. Over 3,000 trampoline-related injuries are reported each year in Australia. Kids five and nine years are at the highest risk of injury. While many of the injuries are relatively minor, some incidents can result in serious injuries and can even be fatal.The most common cause of injury is from falling from the trampoline.
ACCC, Kidsafe and Aussie Olympian trampolinist Blake Gaudry have released a short video on trampoline safety. See it on youtube
Is your trampoline safe? The five-step safety checklist
Follow this checklist to keep kids safe on trampolines:
1. One at a time
Make sure there is only one child on the trampoline.
Watch children at all times, and take extra care with younger children as they are more prone to serious injury.
3. Safety padding
Always use safety padding on the frame.
4. Check condition
Regularly check the:
- mat and net don’t have holes
- springs are intact and securely attached at both ends
- frame is not bent
- leg braces are locked.
5. Hazard free surrounds
- the area around the trampoline is free from hazards like fences or garden furniture
- there is an overhead clearance to avoid objects like clotheslines, trees and wires.