Using a trampoline can be good exercise for children. But playing on a trampoline can also be dangerous and cause injuries so it's important to follow the safety advice. Your child should be at least six before they use a trampoline.
When buying a new trampoline, check it meets the European Standard EN7-14:2014.
To make sure your child is safe on a trampoline:
- don't allow them on a trampoline if they're a baby, toddler or child under six because they're not physically developed to control their bouncing
- always use a safety net to prevent falls off the trampoline
- supervise your child and make sure they take a rest from trampolining
- only allow one child at a time to use the trampoline
- tell them to only bounce on the middle of the trampoline
- tell them to step on and off the trampoline, not to jump
- do not let children bring sticks, skateboards or anything else that could fall against themselves on the trampoline
- use safety pads to cover the springs, hooks and frame to prevent injuries on the trampoline
- don't let them go underneath the trampoline
- new trampolines should meet the European Standard EN71-14:20184
- put the trampoline on energy absorbing ground, such as soft and springy lawn, bark woodchip, sand or other cushioning material
- don't put the trampoline on hard surfaces such as concrete, tarmac or hard packed mud without absorbent safety matting
Domestic trampolines aren't suitable for doing somersaults or flips.