Trampolines can be lots of fun, especially for young children. Before your child plays on a trampoline, think safety first with these helpful tips.
Choose a safe model
Only buy a trampoline that complies with the Australian Standard (AS 4989). Do your research as it’s not compulsory to meet this standard. Ask the retailer if you’re not sure.
Check the safety features
Most trampolines come with safety pads already installed. Make sure they:
- fully cover the frame and springs
- are a different colour from the matting so your child can clearly see the edge of the mat.
You can also buy safety nets for the sides of some trampolines. Many round trampolines are sold with nets and are a safer option.
Check the trampoline
Regularly check the trampoline before your child uses it. Secure the padding and lock the legs in place.
Regularly check the safety nets for wear and tear, as they tend to break down with regular exposure to sunlight.
Use on soft ground
Place the trampoline on soft ground or impact absorbing material – not concrete.
Have a clear jumping area
Keep the area around and above the trampoline free from hazards.
Hazards might include:
- clothes lines
- trees (including stumps)
- overhead wires.
You need 2m clear ground on every side of the trampoline.
Supervise your children
Most importantly, make sure there is only 1 child on the trampoline at a time.