'Deadly' trampolines
UK study claims half the ER visits from kids result from trampoline injuries.
A recent study by UK body the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has revealed that trampoline-related injuries account for half of all emergency room visits by children. The study focussed on reasons for admission to hospital, and revealed that trampolining is proven to be more dangerous than skateboarding, rollerblading or playing soccer, according to the Mail Online.

In case you’re not convinced about trampoline safety, here’s a funny compilation video of the best trampoline fails of 2014 (warning, some strong language): via Win Fail Fun/YouTube

The rise in trampoline-related injuries was suggested to relate to an increased number of trampolines being used at home but without correct safety measures being observed. One point made is that if an adult uses a trampoline at the same time as a child, and the adult bounces as the child is coming down, the impact was said to be the same as if the child had jumped from the height of a first floor window.

Bounce, bounce OUCH!

Injuries from trampolines included broken bones, paralysis, muscular and joint damage, dental damage and even (in very rare cases) death. These were attributed to either misuse when adults use trampolines meant for kids, multiple people using one trampoline at the same time or just plain accidents related to trying tricks. Notably, the trampolines with safety enclosure nets were not said to be any safer than those without.

ABC.net in Australia reported this statistic: that 45 children each month were being admitted to one hospital alone, and that this was 10 children more each month than before safety measures (nets) were introduced.

Here are some tips for trampoline safety (via  trampolinesafety.com):

•    Read the instructions and ensure that everyone who uses the trampoline knows and obeys safety advice
•    Always ensure adult supervision when the trampoline is being used as a child- a safety net does not replace the need for supervision
•    Adults must not use a trampoline meant for the use of children
•    Don’t allow people to use the trampoline if they are under the influence
•    Observe height restrictions when placing the trampoline
•    Ensure padding covers all springs and bars
•    Make sure the enclosure gate is closed
•    One person at a time!
•    Make sure that only experts try stunts such as somersaults

Do your kids know how to use a trampoline safely?

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