We all love a turn at the trampoline, the thrill of the bounce as it flips you off the ground, the exhilarating feeling as you land only to bounce back up, and works even for the oldest of bones. It’s a safe form of fun, relatively cheap, doesn’t require a lot of space and works well with children of diverse ages.
The equipment is relatively easy to set up, doesn’t require a lot of skill and easier to dismantle too and move around. This makes trampolines quite a favourite of quite a number of homes, recreational centres, schools and even churches.
It is important to observe some of a few factors before using the trampoline to ensure that safety is observed and the equipment doesn’t get damaged unnecessarily. Some of the important issues to consider are.
- The springs attaching the mat to the trampoline stands are securely fitted and attached at all the ends. The trampoline becomes unstable if the springs are not well attached thus may risk injury to the person using it.
- The trampoline should not have objects or materials on it. This may prove injurious to those who are using the equipment especially if they are sharp materials. Additionally, they may cause tear to the mat easily due to the fact that the material is stretched and tugged tightly.
- This should also be set on a relatively level ground to provide stability to the equipment as its being used.
- The mat should also be regularly checked for tears and holes arising from frequent use. Once this noticed, the mat should be unhooked and repaired first before usage to increase it s longevity.
Once the equipment is ready for use and its set up in a safe way, it would be wise to establish a few rules on how to engage in play on the trampoline and reduce accident s and resulting injuries. Some of the things to consider may be
- If the mat is not big enough, the players should go in one a time or at most 2 people, preferably children of the same size. This will reduce the risk of injury should they collide or fall on each other.
- The players should be advised to avoid funny stunts such as back flips and side landing s on the mat. Owing to its size, the players may risk landing outside the mat thus sustaining an injury or if in the mat, land at an awkward position that may cause serious injury or even paralysis.
- Its also important for a person to observe the surroundings around the trampoline as the others are playing. Other children or even pets, say dogs and puppies uninterested in the on going may crawl under the mat while the others are playing aboard. This may result to injuries in the guys above or even the ones under the mat due to the force of the ones playing on top.
- It would also be great to have adult supervision around the whole equipment at all the times, to aid those playing to either get in or out of the trampoline.
- Food, snacks and drinks are a definitely a no no on the mat. Those interested in eating should just wait out there and eat or drink away from the whole equipment.
In addition to the above rules, it would also be important to also put some additional measure in place to increase the safety of those playing. This could be pads that are added on all the visible metallic parts that form the whole structure. The paddings should also be added on all the exposed gaps on the mat. This will reduce the risk of somebody’s foot getting trapped on the openings or may be knocking on the metallic surfaces.
A netting could also be used to go round the whole mat to avoid those jumping to fall off. The netting can be put in a way that goes all the way round the mat. This will help particularly for small kids who can easily be thrown off the map by the impact of the jump.
All said and done, all measures in place, its important to let everybody enjoy the fan but make sure there’s constant supervision at all times.