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Spring is here, which means it’s time to enjoy being outside. A common fixture in many family’s yards, the trampoline, provides hours of entertainment and exercise for children and adults of all ages. However, trampolines can be a source of injury and emergency room visits, especially in small children.

According to the National Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care and Cure, there are about 246,000 medically treated trampoline injuries annually in the United States, with more than 186,405 of these injuries occurring among children 14 or younger.

Because trampoline injuries are so common with younger children, its best to know how to prevent these accidents and potential emergency room visits.

Here are five tips for a safer trampoline experience this spring:

Identify the best spot for your trampoline

Ensuring that trampoline injuries don’t occur can be difficult, but a critical factor is making sure the trampoline is in the safest spot it can be. Nationwide recommends placing the trampoline on a clear flat area, away from anything can be hit, fallen on, or knocked.

In addition, placing the trampoline on a soft surface like sand or bark can do a by way of cushioning any falls that occur. In addition to providing the right conditions for a trampoline to be set, remember to place the trampoline in a place that isn’t likely to be visited by uninvited neighborhood children. The last thing anyone wants is a lawsuit because of an injury that unknowingly occurred on the property.

Teach children how to jump safely

When it comes to safety on a trampoline, children only know what they are taught. Teaching children how to jump appropriately by staying away from somersaults, flips, bounce offs, and other dangerous moves are the best ways to keep kids safe. Experts also recommend that no child under five years old be on the trampoline.

Establish rules

Beyond knowing what kind of jumping is safe, establishing rules for being on the trampoline goes a long way in keeping a child safe. Make sure for small children that an adult is present and not more than one child is jumping at a time.

Jumping with more than one child at a time is asking for trouble. According to the National Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care and Cure, “most trips to the emergency room are the result of jumpers colliding with one another, falling on the trampoline springs or frame, falling or jumping off the trampoline, or attempting somersaults and stunts.” Ensuring that there are firm rules in place to protect against those injuries lowers the likelihood of an emergency room visit.

Make sure your trampoline is safe

One of the simplest ways to ensure trampoline enjoyment stays safe is to make sure that the trampoline itself is safe. Invest in the safest trampoline possible. Springfree Trampolines are high on the list of safe trampolines. Traditional trampolines have springs that can pinch and trap hands and feet and are built with hard, metal frames, Springfree Trampolines have gone to great lengths to eliminate the impact areas that cause 90% of all product-related injuries.

Traditional trampoline owners should be sure to inspect the springs and check that they aren’t exposed and rusty, the frame that it is covered and free from bends or dents, and the pad that it is not threadbare and retaining its cushion.

If you’re interested in a safer, more durable alternative to the traditional trampoline, Springfree Trampolines are free from dangerous springs, have a durable frame that is well below the jumping surface, have a mat that is 30 times more shock absorbent than traditional side pads, and have an enclosure that is flexible and free from hard, immovable posts.

Committed to engineering and building the safest and most durable trampolines in the world, Springfree Trampoline is the best trampoline you can buy for your family. Don’t take risks with the designs of former years. With over 20 years of innovative engineering and a worldwide presence, Springfree Trampoline is sure to bring enjoyment for the whole family for years to come.