FROM THE U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20207
CPSC Document #5116
TRAMPOLINE SAFETY ALERT
The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants
you and your family to be safe when using trampolines. The CPSC
estimates that in 1996 there were 83,000 hospital emergency room-
treated injuries associated with trampolines. About 75 percent of
the victims were under 15 years of age, and 10 percent were under
5 years of age. Since 1990, CPSC has received reports of 6 deaths
involving trampolines. Injuries and deaths were caused by:
-- Colliding with another person on the trampoline.
-- Landing improperly while jumping or doing stunts on the
-- Falling or jumping off the trampoline.
-- Falling on the trampoline springs or frame.
Almost all of the trampolines associated with injuries were
at private homes, usually in back-yards. Most of the injuries
occurred on full-size trampolines.Here are the steps you can take
to help prevent serious trampoline injuries, especially sprains,
fractures, scrapes, bruises, and cuts:
-- Allow only one person on the trampoline at a time.
-- Do not attempt or allow somersaults.
-- Do not allow trampoline to be used without shock-absorbing
pads that completely cover the springs, hooks, and the
-- Place the trampoline away from structures and other play
-- Do not use a ladder with the trampoline because it provides
unsupervised access by small children. No child under 6
years of age should use a full-size trampoline.
-- Always supervise children who use a trampoline.