So, while I cannot imagine Joe getting on it to jump (first, he is over 175 pound weight limit and second, if he isn't holding a basketball, he won't jump), I can do this...and it will be great for my son! But, before you embark on this, check your insurance policy carefully!
To stay safe, follow these trampoline equipment tips:
- Purchase a round trampoline (rectangular trampolines encourage higher bouncing)
- Enclose trampolines with safety nets
- Completely cover its springs, hooks and frame
- Carefully review the safety materials included
- Most trips to the hospital emergency rooms result from jumpers colliding, falling off the trampoline or stunts.
- The most common areas of injury are:
- Legs and feet: 40%
- Arms or hands: 29%
- Head, face or neck: 20%
- Shoulder or trunk: 10%
- About 246,875 medically-treated trampoline injuries occur annually in the United States. 75% of these injuries occur in children 14 or younger.
- Children under 6 were treated for about 15% of trampoline injuries in hospital emergency rooms.
- Improper use of a trampoline can result in death. Most victims are teenagers, ages 12 to 19. Falls from the trampoline were the most frequent cause of death, followed by landing on the neck while attempting somersaults.
Insurance considerations...trampolines are typically handed in one of three ways:
- No Exclusions - This means that an insurance company doesn't place any restrictions on trampoline ownership or usage in accordance with your homeowner's insurance policy.
- Coverage with Safety Precautions - An insurance company may include coverage if you have pads to cover the trampoline springs, a net enclosure for the sides, and/or a fenced-in yard with a gate and working lock.
- A Trampoline Exclusion - Some homeowner's insurance policies may not cover trampolines at all. That means if you, your kids, or the neighborhood kids get injured on the trampoline, the insurance company is not liable for those trampoline-related claims. It may also mean that adding a trampoline results in non-renewal of your current policy.