Summer is officially in full swing, and many caretakers will soon find themselves overwhelmed with the demands of entertaining restless and anxious schoolchildren. Some may resort to visiting the local trampoline park, where visitors are encouraged to jump, slide, and climb as they race to complete fitness tests and obstacle courses. Georgians will soon have eight to choose from.
Trampoline parks have sprung up across the country in recent years, and to date, remain largely unregulated with little to no standard for inspections and liability coverage. Whether you decide to visit one of these parks or host a trampoline party at your home, it is important to remember potential risk of trampolines if not properly maintained and managed.
For more than a decade, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended against the use of trampolines at home or on outdoor playgrounds. Unsupervised or incorrect usage can result in a number of serious injuries. Additionally, a recent study from the Indiana University School of Medicine finds that accidents on private trampolines accounted for nearly one million emergency room visits in just ten years.
Fortunately, you can reduce the likelihood of a trampoline-related injury by taking a few simple steps.
- Never leave jumpers unsupervised. If you are at a facility and need to step away for a moment, find an employee who can lend a watching eye. While at home, have the children take a break from the trampoline until you can return to the area.
- Only one person at a time. In most cases, safety experts recommend sticking to the one-person per trampoline at a time rule to avoid unnecessary injury. Those younger than six years old should never use a full-sized trampoline.
- Factors matter if the one-person rule is broken. Take into consideration the age, weight, and size of jumpers to determine if more than one-person can enjoy the trampoline at the same time.
- Regularly check the equipment. Ensure that all equipment is well maintained, rust-free, and that no metal exposures exist. Do not use trampolines without shock absorbing pads.
If something looks suspicious, speak up! You could prevent an injury just by bringing your concerns to the employees or management of a facility.
If you signed a waiver of liability and your child was injured at a trampoline park, you may still be eligible for compensation. McAleer Law is available to discuss your problem and can advise you on next steps. Give us a call at 404-MCALEER. That’s 404.622.5337.