Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The truth about trampolines

Thinking of buying a trampoline? Think again...

We got our trampoline when Esme was about three. She turned seven last week, and we had 12 kids here for an outdoor party that included a water slide, an 8ft pool and our netted 12 foot trampoline. 

For safety, I had put them into three groups of four, and arranged it so that three adults were on site to organise the chaos and supervise. I had no idea that the children on the trampoline were at risk.

Fortunately, nothing went wrong. Fortunately, we have never had any accidents happen on our trampoline. Goodness, the GraceFaith girls love it. It is part of our LIFE AS IT IS. But it has to go. Why? 

A friend's youngest is currently in hospital with her badly broken leg in traction. It breaks my heart to think of a two-year-old in a plaster that is almost the length of her body. 

Here's a sobering figure from the Royal Society For The Prevention Of Accidents (RoSPA) who suggest: Trampolines account for up to 50 per cent of A&E admissions for injuries in the home sustained by children under 14. 

The fact is, if you do have a trampoline only one person at a time should be on it - with supervision. Even then, a single child can land awkwardly and hurt themselves, but as more people get on, the risk of injury rapidly accumulates. When more than one child is playing on a trampoline, jumping at different times, your bouncy trampoline turns into a landing pad of concrete. This is not me scaremongering. This is how it is. 

If you are thinking of having a trampoline, I would ask you to think carefully.

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