Trampolines are popular recreational devices. Trampolining is even an official Olympic event. Used improperly, however, trampolines can contribute to serious personal injuries. Having a trampoline on your property can carry important premises liability connotations. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 91,870 people received treatment for trampoline injuries in U.S. emergency rooms in the year 2001, alone. Ninety-three percent of those visits involved children under 15 years of age. Following were the most common trampoline-related injuries:
- "Colliding with another person on the trampoline.
- Landing improperly while jumping or doing stunts on the trampoline.
- Falling or jumping off the trampoline.
- Falling on the trampoline springs or frame."
According to the CPSC, most of these injuries stemmed from trampolines kept at private homes. If you own a trampoline, or have considered purchasing one, the agency recommends taking these steps to help guard against potentially serious injuries:
- "Allow only one person on the trampoline at a time.
- Do not attempt or allow somersaults because landing on the head or neck can cause paralysis.
- Do not use the trampoline without shock-absorbing pads that completely cover its springs, hooks, and frame.
- Place the trampoline away from structures, trees, and other play areas.
- No child under 6 years of age should use a full-size trampoline. Do not use a ladder with the trampoline because it provides unsupervised access by small children.
- Always supervise children who use a trampoline.
- Trampoline enclosures can help prevent injuries from falls off trampolines."
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