Assembly and maintenance
Assembling a trampoline isn’t always an easy job – instructions can be complicated. If in doubt, contact the manufacturer for more detailed instructions and guidance.
You can also check the manufacturer’s website for more timely safety advice or additional guidance.
Some manufacturers also offer an installation service for an extra fee, which may be worth considering.
Be careful – trampoline springs contain stored energy and some parts may be heavy and awkward to move and use, so you follow safety instructions (and common sense). Get someone to help you assemble the trampoline.
Check the trampoline regularly for tears, worn areas and bending in the bed, frame and safety enclosure. Before using, check that the area around and under the trampoline is free from obstacles. Inspect the frame and springs regularly for surface rust, corrosion and deterioration.
Secure trampoline legs to the ground. This will increase stability and prevent unsafe relocation of the trampoline. Only three trampolines in our 2012 test were supplied with an additional stability system to secure the trampoline to the ground.
In-ground installation is an option to consider as you can reduce fall heights and possible injury. But you’ll need to bear in mind that this will involve quite a lot of preparation (for example, pit drainage is essential).
Rotate the safety padding periodically to minimise degradation at the enclosure entrance and sun exposure if some parts are protected by shade during the day. This will increase the length of time before the padding needs to be replaced.
Using a trampoline safely
Supervise children while they’re using the trampoline.
A safety enclosure can help prevent falls but it’s no substitute for good safety padding and a sturdy frame.
Even with an enclosure in place, kids still need to play safely on the trampoline and under adult supervision.
Don’t let kids bounce against the netting on purpose.
One child at a time on the trampoline. Accidents are more likely to occur when more than one child is playing on the trampoline.
Large trampolines are not recommended for kids under six.
Clear safety rules such as “one at a time”, “bare feet only”, and “do not use when wet” are good boundaries to set early on.
Jump only in the middle of the trampoline and don’t jump off the trampoline when finished.
To control bounce, teach your child to focus their eyes on the trampoline.
If you have an older trampoline, consider getting it retrofitted with a frame padding system that’s compliant with the current standard.Tags: Trampoline Use Safe