Now that school’s out for the summer, entertaining the kids becomes a full time job! When they’re not at camps, practices, etc. throughout the day, outside play is always a great option. Kids love jumping, and trampolines have maintained their popularity over the years. Thankfully, as time has gone on, safety has improved and become a priority. Some parents are still wary of the idea of having a trampoline, but trampolines have come a long way with safety in mind. Of course, there are still some rules that should be in place. Here are a few smart and safer options if your kids are begging for a trampoline this summer:
- Springless – these come in all shapes and sizes and eliminate one of the major hazards of a trampoline: the springs and metal bars that kids often slip through or fall on.
- In-ground trampolines – these can be spring or springless. If the trampoline has springs, they should always be padded for protection.
- In-ground trampolines should still be located a safe distance from other objects such as playsets, fences, decks, concrete, etc.
- It is best to consult a professional for in-ground trampoline installation to ensure proper ventilation and support.
Regardless of the type of trampoline, they should always be:
- Netted for safety.
- Installed on a level surface away from other structures.
- In a fenced yard to prevent unwanted entry (if you’re in a subdivision or have neighbors close by).
A few ground rules to set in place for your kids are:
- Always have adult supervision.
- Children under the age of 6 should not be allowed on the trampoline.
- Limit somersaults or “tricks” if there is more than one jumper.
As always, check with your independent agent to see how adding a trampoline can affect your homeowners insurance and what your carrier may require.
For more info on trampoline safety, check out this blog post.