Trampoline: 4 rules to follow to avoid risks
Fractures, wounds, head trauma, spinal column damage … In the United States, the mother of little Colton wanted to publicize the sad misadventure of her son to alert as many parents as possible about the risks linked to the use of trampolines . His 3-year-old son was found plastered for 6 weeks after a fractured femur following a bad fall in an indoor play area. And little Colton is far from alone: in pediatric emergency departments, trampoline accidents have become commonplace. In France, they have even multiplied by 18 in the space of ten years. Some rules to observe to limit the risks:
Rule n ° 1: no trampoline before 6 years old
Some parks allow younger children to use their trampolines. However, whether it is a supervised play park or a garden trampoline, no question for children to play before the age of 6. It is also an official recommendation of American pediatricians and orthopedic surgeons. Before this age, children’s bones are too fragile to withstand such jumps, and their muscles do not allow them to provide sufficient sheathing to properly receive them.
Rule n ° 2: never use it with several people
To avoid brutal collisions and bad falls which represent the majority of accidents, it is better to have them play alone on a trampoline. In inflatable play areas, they are not allowed to play when much larger (and therefore heavier) children have fun in the structure, at the risk of unbalancing them.
Rule n ° 3: nothing replaces vigilance
Even in supervised parks, accidents can happen. Favor trampolines equipped with elastic harnesses, which cushion At home, never let your children play there without supervision. While keeping an eye on them, brief them on the safety instructions.
Rule n ° 4: Trampoline at home = be careful!
If you have chosen to acquire a trampoline for your garden, choose a model that meets European standards (CE), has protections (foam cushioning, safety net, etc.) and corresponds to your child’s weight and size . Install it on a flat, stable ground and away from anything that could present a risk in the event of a fall (trees, barbecue, etc.). Finally, take care of its regular maintenance.