These days, many backyards are equipped with structures to encourage family fun. Swing sets, sandboxes and tire swings can keep kiddos busy when the weather is nice enough to play. However, these backyard additions can also pose the potential for injuries. One of the biggest culprits of backyard injuries? Trampolines.

While trampolines are a great way for kids to bounce, exercise, and burn some energy, roughhousing and catching a double bounce can make the trampoline a dangerous place. The Mayo Clinic reports that childhood injuries for kids can include sprains and breaks, as well as neck or head injuries. If you have a trampoline at home, or if you will be visiting a home that has a trampoline, you should take care to protect yourself and others.

Set Limits
As with most childhood experiences, it is up to the parents to set appropriate limits and rules to keep everyone safe. Don’t allow bigger kids to be in the trampoline with smaller kids, as their weight difference can be especially dangerous. Don’t allow flips or other tricks on the trampoline and encourage only one person to be on the trampoline at a time. Finally, keep a close eye on kids when they are in the trampoline.

Keep the Structure Safe
Trampolines should never be on a hill or uneven surface. Instead, put the trampoline on a flat area of the yard. Next, assure the trampoline has a safety net appropriately installed on the perimeter of the trampoline. Cover springs with pads as well to keep fingers, toes, and feet safe.

In Case of Injury
Taking precautions does not eliminate the chance of injury. If someone is injured on the trampoline, follow first aid recommendations. For an ankle sprain or injury, use ice on the area and follow up with a doctor if the swelling does not go down. For potential head or neck injuries, do not move the person. Instead, call 911.

If you have a trampoline in your backyard, it is your responsibility to let your home insurance company know. Their coverage will be able to cover costs for any injury sustained on your property. If you are injured on someone else’s trampoline, keep all medical bills and work with their insurance company to file a claim.

Working with a reputable and experienced attorney can be beneficial if you, or someone you love, have been injured due to a trampoline. The team at MacCloskey Kesler and Associates are ready to advocate for your needs and assure you get a fair outcome. Give us a call to talk more about your options today.