Trampolines have a high amusement value, but they are also notoriously risky. A study conducted by the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America found that over a nine-year period, more than 1 million people visited emergency rooms for trampoline-related injuries. Almost one-third of the injuries involved broken bones, and 90% of these fractures occurred in kids 16 years of age and younger. Statistics like these could be why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents against recreational trampoline use.
If you choose to have a trampoline in your backyard, know that 75% of trampoline injuries happen when more than one person is jumping at a time, so don’t allow this behavior. Also, check your homeowners policy to find out if it covers trampoline-related injuries—many policies don’t.
Outdoor play is a critical part of your child’s physical and social development. Following these safety tips can help ensure your kids enjoy Mother Nature accident-free. Learn more about how to make your backyard less dangerous and discover how a monitored home security system can add to your family’s overall safety and security.