Think twice about backyard trampolines

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Trampolines may seem appealing as a fun summer activity, but it’s important to understand the risks that come with owning one. A Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics study found over 1 million people went to emergency rooms for trampoline-related injuries between 2002 and 2011.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, injuries and deaths from trampolines can be caused by:

  • Colliding with another person.
  • Landing improperly.
  • Falling or jumping off of the trampoline, or falling on the springs or frame.

To reduce the risk of injury:

  • Allow only one person on at a time.
  • Do not attempt or allow somersaults.
  • Do not use the trampoline without shock-absorbing pads that completely cover its springs, hooks, and frame.
  • Place the trampoline away from structures, trees, and other play areas.
  • No child under 6 years of age should use a full-size trampoline. Do not use a ladder as it can provide unsupervised access to small children.
  • Supervise children at all times.
  • Trampoline enclosures may help prevent injuries from falls.

Like many insurers, Member Benefits does not insure homes with trampolines. However, we may be able to offer coverage through a partner provider. Contact us for information on our coverages and renewal procedures at 1-800-279-4010.

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