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Trampoline Safety

Safety tips to keep your kids happy, and avoid a trip to A&E.

The trampolines that we use at home are covered by the British Standard BS EN 71-14:2018. The standard doesn’t cover things like public trampolines, fitness trampolines or those incorporating additional features such as tents or basketball hoops.

Before you buy

  • Look for a model with safety pads and check that they cover the frame, hooks and springs.
  • Consider a trampoline with safety netting to help prevent the user from falling off the trampoline.
    • The enclosure entrance should be big enough for an adult to access.
    • It must be possible to open it from the inside and outside.
    • You should have all round visibility to ensure you can supervise the child.

Keeping safe

Read the instructions and all the warnings displayed. These will include warnings such as the maximum weight of the user, that adult supervision is required and that no somersaults should be done on the trampoline.

One warning that will be displayed, which we know is a difficult one, is that trampolines should only be used by one person at a time. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), 60% of trampoline injuries occur when more than one person is using the trampoline at a time.

Empty pockets and hands before jumping, and do not eat while jumping on the trampoline.

Never allow a bouncing exit (this is a common cause of injury) and always jump in the middle of the mat.

If you are concerned about the safety of a product, stop using it immediately, and report it to Trading Standards via 0808 223 1133.

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