Trampoline and bouncy castle (inflatable play structure) safety

Use of trampolines and bouncy castles (inflatable play structures) are becoming increasingly popular at people's homes. While children enjoy playing on these products, using them incorrectly can cause injuries.

Health risks

Injuries from trampolines and bouncy castles range from bruises, sprains, and broken bones, to more serious injuries such as skull fractures.

Most of the injuries result from improper or unsupervised use.

Injuries can occur when:

  • colliding with another person
  • bouncing or doing stunts
  • falling or jumping off
  • falling onto the trampoline's springs or frame

Tips for safer play

  • Always supervise children when they are using a trampoline or bouncy castle.
  • Discourage children from performing somersaults and other stunts.
  • Install trampolines or bouncy castles on level ground, away from structures, trees, and dangerous areas.
  • Read and follow all manufacturer safety warnings.

Bouncy castles

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding the number of children allowed at one time.
  • Install and anchor the castle according to the manufacturer's instructions so it doesn't move or turn over during play.
  • These structures should not be used in high winds.

Trampolines

  • Do not allow children under 6 years old on trampolines.
  • Allow only one person on the trampoline at a time.
  • Install a safety net or enclosure around the trampoline.
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