Over 3,000 trampoline-related injuries are reported each year in Australia. You can reduce the risks by choosing the right trampoline for your child’s use, installing and maintaining it properly, and placing it in a safe spot in your yard.
Before buying a trampoline, ensure that you have enough space in your yard to place it appropriately. Only buy a trampoline that does not have exposed springs and frame. This will help ensure children cannot fall through or be injured by falling on these hard surfaces. When you install the trampoline, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Regularly check your trampoline for tears, rust, detachment and general weakening of the structure. If your trampoline is fitted with metal springs, remember to check their condition beneath the padding. Trampolines that have worn safety pads or springs should be refitted with a new padding safety system and new springs.
Here are some safety guidelines for placing the trampolines in your yard:
Do not provide access to the trampoline via ladders or boards. If a child cannot get up independently, they may not be at the right developmental stage for trampoline activities.
Trampolines that measure more than 500mm from ground level are not recommended for children under 6 years of age. Jogger trampolines are recommended for younger children.
When children are on the trampoline:
This information has been developed in collaboration with Kidsafe NSW.
For more information about trampoline safety, to watch a video and download a safety fact card, visit the Trampoline safety - it's flippin' important campaign page on the Product Safety Australia website.