Trampoline safety

Using a trampoline can be good exercise for children. But playing on a trampoline can also be dangerous and cause injuries. It is important that you follow safety advice when your child is trampolining. Your child should be at least six before they use a trampoline.

Safety standard

When buying a new trampoline, check it  meets the European Standard EN7-14:2014.

Staying safe

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 
  • 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 EN7-14:2014
  • 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.

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