Now that summer is here and school is almost over, your backyard is going to be the hot spot for your kids and their friends, with the trampoline as the main attraction. Trampolines are great exercise and tons of fun for the whole family, but, as you probably know, trampolines should be properly used and maintained for your safety. That’s why we’ve put together a safety checklist to go through before each trampoline season.
1. If you kept your trampoline out during the winter, now’s the time to perform the same maintenance checks as you did on your play set. Inspect all parts and connections for rusting, loosening, bending, and breakage. Your trampoline could also use a good scrub down to get rid of any winter grime from being outside or stored in your garage.
2. Make sure the trampoline is properly secured to the ground. This will help prevent it from flipping during use and also from heavy winds that might happen during summer storms. Check with the manufacturer or the store that sold it to you for good supplies to use.
3. Check that the padding completely covers the springs, hooks, and frame so that any wrong steps or falls are onto padding and not hard metal.
4. Make sure the trampoline is on level ground and away from low tree branches or other play structures and that your safety net is secure and has no tears or gaps.
5. If you don’t have a trampoline net, each time you are done playing with your trampoline, use a trampoline cover to protect it. The covers are waterproof and mostly weatherproof so that water, light, and debris don’t damage your trampoline mat in between usage.
6. Oil the trampoline springs just like you would oil a bike chain. If a spring looks stretched or bent, replace it before allowing anyone to use the trampoline. It’s a good idea to keep extra springs on hand so you can make repairs as they come up.
7. Lastly and most importantly, always supervise your kids while they are using the trampoline. Children under the age of six should not be allowed on trampolines, and sticking to the rule of one jumper at a time will keep your trampoline a safe place to play!
Even though the list looks long, checking over your trampoline is actually quick and easy. Plus, it’s well worth the time to keep your kids safe during play. Your kids will jump for joy when they get out of school and see that the trampoline is back in action!Tweet