Trampoline – FACT SHEET
Did You Know?
- Most children are injured when more than one person is on the trampoline at the same time. There is a greater risk when one person is bigger than the other.
- Babies and toddlers are too young to use a big trampoline.
- Children under the age of six are at a higher risk of hurting themselves on a trampoline due to their lack of physical development and co-ordination.
- Joining an organised club is the safest way for children to use a trampoline.
How To Buy Safely
- When thinking of buying one of these items, consider what your priorities are. Is cost the priority, or is it more important for it to be easy to store? Is it sturdy enough to not tip over?
- Trampolines for use by children at home should be marked with a CE symbol.
- If you are buying your trampoline second hand you should always check the padding is in good condition and that it preferably comes with a safety net.
- If you buy the net separately check you have bought the correct size.
How To Set Up Safely
- Secure your trampoline on a flat, soft surface area such as grass.
- Position it away from trees, walls, fences, washing lines, garden furniture and children’s toys.
- Before using check there are no pets, objects or people on or underneath the trampoline.
- Make sure the padding and safety net are securely fastened.
- Your trampoline may come with a ladder. If possible consider removing this to prevent small children accessing the trampoline when unsupervised.
How To Use Safely
- Only one child should use the trampoline at a time.
- If the trampoline looks worn or damaged do not use it.
- Don’t encourage children to perform somersaults or other acrobatics – even with training this can be dangerous if attempted at home on a garden trampoline.
- Supervise children at all times.