When deciding what is the safest trampoline there are several things you need to consider.
Each of these major factors contribute to what is the safest trampoline in 2019.
It’s an important subject as Product Safety Australia report more than 3,000 trampoline-related injuries occur in Australia every year.
Today at Vuly Play, we’ve come up with the ultimate checklist of features ensuring you know exactly what to look for and what to avoid when keeping kids safe on trampolines.
Let us help you pick the safest trampoline possible for your family!
The spring type trampolines use play an essential role in their functionality.
There are several variants and understanding them is important when looking at trampolines for sale.
Most trampolines feature a series of coiled metal springs that line the edge of the trampoline to generate the bounce.
These springs can be a common cause of trampoline injuries without proper precautions.
The problem is the space between each spring is often wide enough for a leg to fall through.
Little fingers and toes can also be caught in the springs as they coil open and closed.
While you can't avoid coil springs for many trampolines, there are a number of features to look for to get the safest trampoline model:
You can avoid the safety hazards of coil springs altogether, by purchasing a trampoline using a Leaf Spring system.
These safe trampolines have no coils.
Instead, they use refined Leaf Springs positioned underneath the trampoline jump mat. This delivers a superior bounce in total safety.
With the innovative Leaf Spring system, there’s no risk of fingers or toes getting caught or feet slipping through the gaps as they shaped from a single piece of steel.
Because these 'springs' are positioned underneath the rim of the jump mat, the trampoline also has a gentle edge that’s always safe to land on.
When purchasing trampolines with coil springs, safety padding is an absolute must.
Safety padding, secured around the frame, covers the springs and the hard metal frame – preventing any rim or spring hazards.
Keep in mind that some padding can get worn out over time, with the sun, rain and wind compromising its quality.
Most high quality padding is made from vinyl, which is thick, durable and long lasting.
For an extra level of durability, you can even opt for reversible, double-sided safety padding.
The allows the lifespan to be twice as long as traditional padding.
Also check is that the safety padding is a contrasting colour to that of the trampoline mat. This helps define the edge of the mat more clearly for bouncers.
One of the major differences between trampolines are their frames.
Here are some things you need to consider:
When deciding between a circle or rectangle-shaped frame, keep in mind that traditional rectangular trampolines tend to have a greater risk of falling over – especially if you place more weight on one end.
The risk of a trampoline falling over reduces greatly when that trampoline is round; it's a shape that's naturally more stable.
When choosing your trampoline, you will also want to check what the frame is made of. The frame of your trampoline should be sturdy and able to withstand the elements, such a rain and sun.
Trampolines with a galvanised and heat-treated frame will stand the test of time and maintain their strength for years to come, and frames with a powder coating are superior at defending against rust in the long-term.
If you choose a trampoline with a Leaf Spring system, you need not worry about the frame at all!
These trampolines have gentle edges that are further enclosed by safety netting.
If you’re worried about any potential harm that could result from a steel frame, the Leaf Spring system fundamentally removes this risk.
Another cause of injury is bouncing off the trampoline itself.
A safety net, secured around the perimeter of the trampoline, alleviates this safety concern!
Safety netting should extend nice and tall; allowing kids to bounce high and not vault over the side.
The netting should be sturdy enough for your kids to bounce from edge to edge without causing the whole trampoline to topple over.
The safest trampolines also have their netting secured around the inner rim of the springs. That means there will be no contact with the springs or the frame at all while bouncing.
Despite having padding and netting on top of your trampoline, the kids are bound to try crawling underneath – risking their little fingers getting caught in springs or injury from other kids bouncing on top of them.
That’s why skirt netting is also available, which you can secure around the trampoline to keep kids and pets from crawling under and getting hurt.
There are many accessories you can buy to create the safest trampoline possible, and a ladder should be at the very top of your list.
The jump mats of most trampolines are elevated high off the ground, meaning it can take some effort to get on or off the trampoline – especially for small children.
To overcome this, adding a ladder allows kids to climb aboard the trampoline safely.
It’s always best to get a ladder that’s made to match the trampoline you're buying.
That way, you can securely attach the ladder to the frame of your trampoline – reducing the risk of the ladder falling over.
When kids use their trampoline for the very first time, they’ll probably want to jump on it all day, every day.
If they’re outside in the sun for too long, there is the risk of sunburn or even heat stroke.
Trampoline shade covers are available for this very reason.
They keep kids sheltered from the sun while playing outdoors on their new favourite toy.
With the key feautures you need to look out for when buying a safe trampoline you can ensure your kind find the perfect trampoline in your price range.
If you want to avoid hunting around for a trampoline manufacturer with all the safety features your're looking for, take a look at Vuly Play trampolines instead!
At Vuly, we’re proud to create trampolines with superior safety features.
From safety mats and safety netting to gentle edge trampolines and a range of accessories, you'll find it here!
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