Trampoline Safety Tips
You won't be jumping for joy if you're one of the many people injured on a trampoline this year. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), over 89,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for trampoline-related injuries in 2004. These injuries included cuts and bruises, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and even death. These trips to the emergency room can be prevented by following some simple safety tips and common sense.
To reduce the number of accidents involving trampolines, the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends the following guidelines:
- Limit bouncing to one person on at a time
- No children under the age of six should use a trampoline
- Remove access ladders
- Children should remain in the center of the trampoline and should not attempt somersaults
- A safety pad should cover all of the steel frame and springs
- Children should be supervised at all times
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