Trampolines injuries are on the rise in Canada as families continue to use backyard trampolines and trampoline parks are becoming increasingly popular.
The Canadian Pediatric Society strongly discourages the use of trampolines at home.
Falls from trampolines can lead to very serious injuries including fractures, dislocations and head and neck injuries. Somersaults and flips on a trampoline are the most common causes of neck injuries and many of these injuries are severe and permanent.
If you choose to use a trampoline, despite the risks, follow these safety guidelines from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to help prevent serious injuries including paralysis, fractures, sprains and bruises:
- Allow only one person on the trampoline at a time.
- Do not attempt or allow somersaults, because landing on the head or neck can cause paralysis.
- Do not use the trampoline without shock-absorbing pads that completely cover its springs, hooks and frame.
- Place the trampoline away from structures, trees and other play areas.
- No child under 6 years of age should use a full-size trampoline.
- Do not use a ladder with the trampoline, because it provides unsupervised access by small children.
- Always supervise children who use a trampoline. Trampoline enclosures can help prevent injuries from falls off trampolines.
- Don’t wet the trampoline with a sprinkler or hose.