DO YOU HAVE A TRAMPOLINE?
Trampolines can provide hours of entertainment and fun for the whole family—especially young children. However, there are a number of liability risks trampoline owners need to consider to keep loved ones safe.
Trampolines can be a liability
Use these tips to protect your personal property and yourself:
- Always supervise all users on the trampoline, regardless of their ages or experience levels.
- Only allow one person on at a time.
- Do not allow children under the age of six to use a trampoline.
- Do not place a ladder near a trampoline because it welcomes younger children to climb up and start jumping.
- Do not allow jumpers to do somersaults or flips, as they could land on their necks or heads incorrectly.
- Do not allow jumpers to use the trampoline as a way to jump onto other objects.
- Securely attach safety padding to cover the hooks, springs and frame.
- Setup the trampoline on level ground away from trees and other obstacles.
- Install safety netting around a trampoline to provide fall protection.
- Inspect the trampoline before each use to make sure that the springs are secure and that the bed does not have any tears or holes.
Trampolines are considered attractive nuisances—items that are attractive and enticing to children. If kids are walking by your home and spot the trampoline in your backyard, they may be enticed to head on back and start jumping. In the event that they suffer an injury on your property, you are ultimately liable.
To protect yourself, consider fencing in your yard and never allow unsupervised individuals to jump when you are not present.