Trampolines – Getting Started & Next Steps

Tips for Buying a Trampoline

A trampoline can provide lots of fun for every member of the family. But though they are a great way to keep children active or busy, trampolines are actually very serious pieces of equipment. They, in fact, play an important role in competitive sports as well as physical conditioning required for specific occupations.

Of course, if you’re planning to buy a trampoline, you have to be aware of the different types they come in, including the accessories available, and very importantly, the guidelines for safety and maintenance. Here are tips to help you make a wise purchase:

1. Prioritize safety.

Kids may love them, but trampolines aren’t purely fun and games; they have risks. But of course, as long as you are responsible enough – this includes giving all users proper instructions, most especially children – then everything is in control. For instance, only one person should be allowed to jump on the trampoline at a time. Avoid flipping or jumping from the trampoline to another surface. And certainly, kids should not be permitted to jump unsupervised by an adult. Anyway, when you buy a trampoline, it will most probably come with a user’s manual, and you have to read it absolutely and keep to the directions.

2. Look at the surface where you plan to put the trampoline.

Before you buy a trampoline, check the space you have in your backyard. The surface under a trampoline must be flat and as soft. And there has to be no less than 3 feet of clear area surrounding the outside edges, and at least 24 feet of vertical clearance. Remove all objects within the immediate area, such as rocks.

3. Check shape, size and spring.

Trampolines are available in five various shapes – rectangular, square, round, oval and octagonal – with diameters from 6 to 17 feet. Round is the most common shape, designed to keep the jumper safely in the middle, while rectangular ones are typically made for athletic or gym use. Round is the shape that is most common, being designed to keep the jumper in the middle for safety, while rectangular ones are usually made for gyms and athletes. The number of springs in a trampoline dictates its bounce. With more springs, you can jump higher. A 15-foot round trampoline, for instance, will have anywhere from 70 to 96 springs.

4. Be weather-conscious.

Jumping in gusty winds should be totally avoided. Moisture can damage a trampoline as well, so make sure yours is kept dry all the time (not too dry though to avoid cracks). If you examine a trampoline, you’ll find that its springs have a cushioned covering. Polyethyline (PE) or PVC is often used for this, but PVC is often tougher and longer-lasting.

5. Think extras.

You can generally purchase vinyl trampoline covers – a good way to maintain dryness – from shops where trampolines are sold. Mesh rings, which serve as a safety enclosure, are also very popular and are even recommended.
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