Trampolines can provide hours of entertainment. Kids love them and could probably bounce all day if you let them. For some reason, jumping up and down never gets old. But trampolines aren’t necessarily the safest activity for kids. In fact, the risk of injury (strains, sprains, broken bones, fractures, and head injuries) is so great that the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against allowing youngsters to bounce on trampolines. But if you have a trampoline or you’re going to get one, there are a few trampoline safety tips you should follow to reduce the risk of someone getting hurt.
There’s something about trampolines that is irresistible to kids. And it makes sense – what kid wouldn’t want to touch the sky while bouncing merrily on a spring-loaded surface? But before you give in to the kids’ puppy-dog eyes and begging, you also have to consider your home insurance and how your insurance company will react to a new trampoline.
Unlike kids, home insurance companies typically aren’t crazy about trampolines. There’s a good reason for this: bouncing, while fun, is not without risk – of the broken bone and concussion variety. The chances that someone, perhaps an innocent, unsupervised neighborhood kid, could stumble upon your trampoline and promptly proceed to crash are too high.
So, we’ll go over what you need to do where your home insurance is concerned if your kids really, really want that new trampoline.