When it comes to purchasing a trampoline, safety is incredibly important. One of the most prevalent safety concerns that will need to be addressed prior to your purchase is the amount of available space you have for the unit itself. There should be a minimum of 24 feet of overhead clearance, which should not be an issue for a trampoline that is being placed outside. For trampolines that are being used indoors, this needs to be expressly determined and ensured. Do note that trampolines being utilized outdoors, should not be placed under or near trees, phone lines, wires or home overhangs.
The horizontal clearance of the trampoline should be a minimum of six feet completely around the trampoline. This means that the unit is at least six feet from any vehicles, bushes, houses and/or fences even if you have attached a safety enclosure to the trampoline.
After you have your own trampoline that has been properly installed and placed, it is important that never allow no more than two people to jump about on it at one time. Virtually every instruction manual for trampolines will strongly recommend that no more than one person at a time should ever be on a trampoline. For smaller children that tend to enjoy jumping together, two is a safe number, with proper supervision. Standard (round) trampolines are not truly intended for trick jumps and flips within your backyard.
At NO point should you ever jump on a trampoline that is wet. A number of serious injuries have occurred due to individuals jumping about on wet trampolines. The use of a trampoline cover can help to prevent the unit from getting wet during bad weather. Even with that, should you find any moisture, dry in thoroughly or allow enough time for it to dry naturally. Additionally, jumpers should never be permitted to jump with anything in their hands or during times when it is windy.
A trampoline can provide you and your family with hours of fun filled entertainment should you follow the guidelines, all will be safe while having fun.
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