Follow these seven easy steps to trampoline safety.
1. Choose a trampoline that meets the Australian Standard (AS 4989-2003). Ask the retailer if you are unsure.
2. Buy safety pads that completely cover the springs and the frame. The pads should be a different colour from the mat. Buy a trampoline with side nets to reduce the risk of falls. Check them regularly for wear and tear.
3. Inspect the trampoline before each use to make sure that the mat, frame and springs are not damaged. Ensure that the padding is correctly and securely positioned and the leg braces are securely locked. Do not use the trampoline until damaged parts have been repaired or replaced.
4. Make sure the area around the trampoline is soft and ideally at least two metres clear on all sides.
5. Keep the area around and above the trampoline free from hazards such as fences, toys, clothes lines, trees and wires. A minimum overhead clearance of eight metres from the ground is recommended.
6. Supervise children at all times and never allow more than one person on the mat.
7. Ensure that children only perform high-risk actions (such as somersaults) after they have been trained by professionals. These actions should only be performed under supervision.
Last reviewed 05/08/2011