Children are at their best when they can have relentless fun. Jumping, climbing, tumbling. Falling down and getting back up, completely trusting the fact that the “grown-ups” will make sure nothing bad ever happens. That’s why it is important for you to make inquiries about trampolines. In this section, you will find information on the following safety aspects:
Quality aspects trampolines
It is important to look into the specifications before you commit to buying a trampoline. A trampoline needs to be safe and of good quality; it should last long, after all. Experience has taught that trampolines are used for an average of 10 years. All the more reason to inquire well after the available information.
For the safety of the children, it is very important to mind the thickness and width of the safety pads: are the pads thick enough to break the fall properly and do the safety pads cover the springs and the frame completely? Furthermore, it is important to pay attention to the following: thickness of the steel, material of the safety pads and how the iron parts have been treated. With respect to jumping comfort, it is important to pay attention to the length of the springs.
For an extended explanation about trampoline specifications, you can contact a dealer near you or have a look at the buying a trampoline page. Should you still have any questions, you can always contact us: we love to help you!
Accessories for extra safety
Trampoline jumping doesn’t become fun until it’s safe! That’s why it is important to properly judge the quality of a trampoline. It doesn’t stop there: there are various trampoline accessories available that make jumping the trampoline even safer, like a safety net, a safety skirt, an inground kit and rubber tiles. For a complete overview and explanation on trampoline accessories to improve safety, you can visit our trampoline accessories page or have a look at the video below.
Inground kit or safety net?
The last few years, however, there has been an increasing demand for inground trampolines. The trampoline looks nicer according to many, the height of the fall is decreased significantly and it doesn’t impede the view of the garden as much. However, it is very important to dig in your trampoline according to the determined guidelines, so the jumping comfort and the quality of the trampoline remain intact. For more detailed information about inground trampolines, you can visit our digging in a trampoline page. There, you will find more information on digging in your trampoline with an inground kit.
Maintenance and use
In the Netherlands, garden trampolines fall under the Commodities Act of toys. There are no European norms at the time, but the association Consumer and Safety has put the garden trampoline on the agenda of the European norm commission for toys. Momentarily, they are formulating additional demands for these trampolines.
Pay attention to the following aspects when purchasing and using a trampoline:
- - There needs to be sufficient free space above the trampoline, minimally 7.3m measured from the ground
- - No ropes, overhanging branches or other possible obstacles are allowed to hang over the trampoline
- - Always ensure a soft landing zone that is at least 2.5m wide on all sides of the trampoline
- - Never place the trampoline near walls, adjacent buildings, houses, fences, playground equipment and other obstacles
- - Make sure there is nothing underneath the trampoline
- - The trampoline should be placed on a level surface
- - The surface should be free of sharp objects and clutter
- - There should be a shock absorbing surface beside the trampoline, such as (artificial) grass or sand.
- - Pay attention to the stability of the trampoline
- - Make sure children climb down the trampoline, don’t let them jump off
- - Don’t let the jumpers do somersaults. For anyone without professional lessons, this can be very dangerous and may result in neck, back and even brain damage.
- - Never let more than one person on the trampoline at the same time
- - Only jump when the jumping mat is dry and there is not too much wind
- - Don’t let small children jump without adult supervision
- - Make sure the jumping mat does not come into contact with the frame or the ground during jumping
- - Make sure no holes form between the jumping mat and the frame
- - Check the trampoline on a regular basis for defects and repair them immediately
- - Use stairs that are easy to attach and remove before and after use
- - Don’t leave stairs or any other step near the trampoline if you have smaller children
- - Make sure the frame and possible springs aren’t sharp
- - Always take your shoes off
- - Always jump alone and in the centre of the trampoline
- - With several people on the trampoline at once, you don’t pay enough attention to your own jumps. You can lose control and by landing on the jumping mat simultaneously with someone else, you may be launched
- - Never land on your knees. The chances of you hurting your back if you fall on your knees is many times higher than when you land on your bottom
- - Never jump off the trampoline, but climb down. The ground does not spring back and you may severely injure your knees and back
- - Never take a ball or any other object onto the trampoline. You might lose your coordination easily which may result in serious injury as well