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Simple Trampoline Safety Tips

There is no doubt that jumping on an in-ground or above-ground trampoline is fun. There is also no doubt that you need to protect yourself and your children every time you use one. We have simple trampoline safety tips that you can remind everyone of each time they get ready to jump!

As a parent, or a responsible adult, you need to be the “bad guy” when it comes to keeping everyone safe. Honestly, you’re not the “bad guy” you’re the person who wants to keep everyone safe and happy and healthy when they’re on the trampoline.

Don’t let your in-ground or above ground trampoline become a source where someone gets injured. Let it be a place where fun is the only thing remembered!

Do your homework before you invest in a trampoline — whether above ground or in-ground style. Don’t buy a tramopoline that is the “best price” because you could “pay” on the other end if the trampoline isn’t used safely or if the device itself isn’t safe.

Look for a trampoline that:

  1. Has great shock absorption
  2. Has high quality springs
  3. Has mats to cover the springs for safety’s sake
  4. Has a safety enclosure
  5. Is the proper size for the weight of the heaviest jumper who will use it

Simple Trampoline Safety Tips

A safety net, also called a safety enclosure, helps keep jumpers from falling off the sides if they fall down when landing or if they jump higher than they should. You may also use your trampoline for children as a ball-pit and the safety net will keep the balls inside. When you use the trampoline as a ball-pit you will want to make certain the youngsters don’t jump as too many jumpers in the trampoline can lead to injury if the children jump into one another.

Here is what to look for in a trampoline enclosure or safety net:

  1. Look for one that is secured the entire length of the trampoline
  2. The bottom of the net needs to be installed toward the inside of the frame so someone can’t get injured on the springs
  3. Make sure the entrance has an overlapping closure. Don’t rely on children to zip or button or use the velcro to close the safety net when they get in

Because falling off a trampoline is the biggest cause of emergency room visits for those using a trampoline, the safety net can help prevent those injuries.

Here are some simple safety tips

  1. No one is allowed to do flips or stunts
  2. Children must be supervised at all times
  3. Only allow one person at a time on the trampoline. An adult can go on with a young child and hold his or her hands so the child can jump but no jumping from the adult!
  4. Inspect the trampoline net, jump-map, spring covers and the springs each time before you use it
  5. Install the above ground or in-ground trampoline at least six feet away from any overhead hazards (trees, a roof overhang, etc.)

Are you ready to invest in a trampoline for your family? It might be the best time — especially if you’re under lockdown because of coronavirus! Give us a call or check out our website.

If you have any questions about trampolines — inground or above ground — give us a call! We can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

 

How To Choose A Trampoline Enclosure

Planning your budget for an inground or an above ground trampoline? Don’t forget to budget for the highest quality trampoline, mat and springs you can but also for an enclosure. How to choose a trampoline enclosure is something we talk with potential trampoline owners about all the time.

Just as when you buy a swimming pool there is safety equipment you will invest in — a pool cover, pool alarms and more — there is safety equipment you can (and should) buy for your trampoline. A trampoline safety enclosure is as important to the safety of those who use the trampoline as are covers for the springs and a high quality jump mat.

How To Choose A Trampoline Enclosure

There are several styles of trampoline enclosures and they vary based on who will use the trampoline and whether it is an above ground or an inground trampoline.

Trampolines purchased online or from toy stores, may not be as safe as you’d imagined they would be. When you buy a trampoline from a dealer who only specializes in trampolines and trampoline equipment can, and will, provide higher quality and therefore safer trampolines. When you’re buying a trampoline for you and your family you want to get one of the highest, and safest quality available, right?

Look for a trampoline enclosure that is:

  1. Easy to install (this is true if you’re installing it on your own
  2. That is tall enough to prevent any accidents from happening if anyone jumps too high
  3. That has small enough netting that no one will get their arms or legs caught in the mesh
  4. That has a safety zipper strong enough to withstand someone bumping into it

There are other safety enclosure questions you will want to talk with us about, but this is a primer to get you started down the right path of what questions to ask and why.

If you have any questions about trampolines — inground or above ground — give us a call! We can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Make The Most Of The Quarantine On Your Trampoline

We are living in crazy times, right? Who would ever have imagined many states would be under quarantine and stay-in-place orders because of #coronavirus? It is unprecedented. If you’re home, though why not make the most of the quarantine on your trampoline? 

Many times we make an impulse purchase or give into the children and their asking and asking for an inground or an above ground trampoline and then they don’t use it as often as you thought they would. If everyone is home, why not have a backyard party centered around the trampoline?

Make The Most Of The Quarantine On Your Trampoline

  1. Set a trampoline party theme. Olympics, a welcome to spring picnic, dinner at dusk or how about a movie and popcorn and night under the stars? You could lay blankets on the trampoline and all sleep under the stars or lie on your backs and just stare up at the stars and the moon, but sleep indoors — your choice.
  2. Have each family member plan a trampoline routine then perform it for the rest of you. Everyone can hold up “numbered signs” to rate the performance. The person who gets the highest number wins. Find a small prize or two from around the house to give to the winners!
  3. Let the youngest children in the family spend more time on the family trampoline. Let them jump and roll around and just have fun in the sun.
  4. If you have an above ground trampoline, drape blankets over the sides and then slip under the trampoline and have yourself an outdoor backyard blanket “fort.”
  5. Look online and find some simple trampoline workout routines you can use to get in shape during this time of the quarantine. You don’t want this time to end only to find out your jeans don’t fit any longer, do you?

What can you and your children to do have fun while being forced to stay at home?

If you have any questions about trampolines — inground or above ground — give us a call! We can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

 

A Trampoline-Buying Primer

You’ve decided that the children are right — a trampoline would be great fun! Whether you’re getting an above ground trampoline or an in-ground trampoline we have put together some information to help you make the best choice and determine whether you want an above ground or an in-ground. A trampoline-buying primer will help you make the best choice for you and your family.

What goes into choosing a trampoline?

There is no right or wrong, it’s a matter of personal preference.

  1. Why are you getting a trampoline? Do you want to simply exercise on it? Is there someone in the family who wants to be a gymnast and use the trampoline for routines? Will it be a place for the children to jump around and enjoy time out of doors? Will it be a combination of all of these? Sit down and determine why you want one and how you will use it and then keep that information handy when you come to our site or call us about a trampoline.
  2.  How much space will you want to devote to the trampoline?
  3. Do you want to be able to see the trampoline or do you want it to blend into your existing landscaping?

A Trampoline-Buying Primer

Taking time to understand the reasons for wanting a trampoline, the aesthetics of it, the accessories you will purchase for it and who will use it will help you form a decision and make a purchase that will keep everyone happy.

Don’t shop mainly on price — you get what you pay for — and you certainly don’t want to run the risk of anyone getting injured while using the inground or above ground trampoline.

If you have any questions about trampolines — inground or above ground — give us a call! We can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Why Air Flow In Your Trampoline Matters

Why airflow in your trampoline matters. Of all the things you’re thinking about when you’re considering buying an inground or above ground trampoline, airflow may not have been something you’d even thought to talk with a trampoline salesperson about.

What is airflow?

Airflow is important for every type of trampoline system — inground or above ground. If the trampoline doesn’t have proper airflow the trampoline jump mat will lose its bounce. The effectiveness of your inground trampoline will be diminished if the airflow around and beneath the trampoline hasn’t been properly accounted for.

Airflow is what helps create a great bounce.

What kind of airflow does the Inground Trampoline deliver? 

The inground trampolines have a specifically-designed spring pad. The pad allows for proper airflow in and around the springs and the jump mat. When you jump on the trampoline, the pad lifts slightly and the air escapes.

Every time you jump, the air flows beneath the mat and the pit in which the inground trampoline sits. that allows the air to flow around the inside as well as the outside of the spring pad. While you jump the pad lifts slightly, allowing the air to escape.

At In-Ground Trampolines we designed a complete system that goes into the ground.

Why Air Flow In Your Trampoline Matters

At InGround Trampolines we sell only new, high performance, anti-slip, jump mats that provide great airflow. Air flows between the springs and through the jump mat surface. Increasing airflow gives the inground trampoline a higher bounce and better performance.

If this is the year you invest in an inground trampoline because you know it will be a fun addition to your backyard and a place where your child/athlete can practice at home, you will not be disappointed.

If you have any questions about trampolines — inground or above ground — give us a call! We can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

How To Have The Safest Trampoline Ever

Children and trampolines just go together. Adults who want an easy and safe way to get in shape love working out and jumping on a trampoline, too. How to have the safest trampoline ever is something the inground and above ground trampoline sales people from In-Ground Trampolines, which are safer by design talk with potential trampoline owners about all the time.
There’s no doubt that rebounding on a trampoline is fun for children. A trampoline does carry risks — but then so does riding a bike, swimming or any number of other outdoor activities. Implementing safety measures is crucial to assuring that no one gets injured when on the trampoline.
As a responsible trampoline owner you need to implement safety rules and knowing the best type of trampoline is the safest to keep everyone safe.

How To Have The Safest Trampoline Ever

Here are some accessories to help add to the safety of your family’s inground or above ground trampoline:
  • Use a removable ladder. You don’t want anyone to ever jump from the trampoline mat to the ground — that is a recipe for an injury. Above ground pools are best served with a removable ladder instead of a permanent one as a way to deter anyone from jumping on the trampoline when no adult is in attendance.
  • Use a trampoline enclosure to help prevent jumpers from falling off the trampoline. An enclosure should not be considered the be all and end all in safety equipment, but they are a layer of protection.
  • Spring pads. You will want to invest in pads to cover the springs. Springs can pinch and cause an injury. The pads also protect jumpers from hitting the hard metal surface of the springs if they fall down.
  • Find a flat, open surface for the trampoline. Don’t put it by any overhanging branches, power lines, the roof of the house or garage or any other obstacle that a high-jumper may encounter. Place the trampoline on a soft surface — grass — instead of a concrete surface.
  • An inground trampoline is considered safer than an above ground because you’re closer to the ground. An inground trampoline is level to the ground because its components are placed into an excavated hole in the ground.

Talk with us for additional safety and responsible trampoline tips.

If you have any questions about trampolines — inground or above ground — give us a call! We can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Do I Need Insurance For A Trampoline?

A question that new trampoline owners don’t always consider is: Do I need insurance for a trampoline? You may not need insurance for the inground or above ground trampoline itself, but you may need to call your homeowner’s insurance agent and see whether having a trampoline will impact your insurance coverage — and it just might.

In the United States, it’s estimated that close to three million homes have trampolines; there will be injuries on these trampolines. This is something you need to be aware of. Another fact insurance companies share is that close to $300 million dollars a year are paid out by insurance agencies to pay for injuries caused by using a trampoline. Because of this, many insurance providers will not offer coverage for inground or above ground trampolines.

Do I Need Insurance For A Trampoline?

Of those injured on trampolines, the largest age group includes children six to fourteen-years-old. The reason for this could be that there are more children of that age group using the trampoline. Those injuries typically include leg and foot and some are so severe the child is paralyzed. We’re not writing this article to alarm you, but to make you aware of the need to adhere to responsible trampoline use at all times.

Along with the challenges posed by trampoline use, there are also benefits and those include:

  1. Cardiovascular health
  2. It’s an exercise that doesn’t cause any strain on your bones or joints
  3. Rebounding can help with balance issues
  4. It’s fun

Work with a trampoline manufacturer or seller who discusses safety and provides safety equipment. Many experienced trampoline sellers will offer best-practice information along with safety information and rules you should impose for its use.

When you call your insurance agent — and you need to do so before you buy a trampoline, someone suffers an injury and found out you have no coverage.

Some insurance policies will have a trampoline exclusion clause. This clause stipulates, you still have coverage for your home, but not for any injuries caused by trampoline use. This means if someone is injured you may be liable for medical expenses.

This is not a list by which you should completely rely. You MUST call your own insurance carrier! 

  1. Farmers Insurance will deny, or cancel coverage, if you have a trampoline
  2. Allstate may provide limited coverage based on safety precautions and measures you have in place
  3. State Farm didn’t have any exclusions

NOTE: This information can change quickly so you need to call your own agent first.

If you have any questions about trampolines — inground or above ground — give us a call! We can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Is Your Trampoline Spring-Ready?

Looking at the calendar or watching the snowfall, you may not think that spring is coming soon, but it is. The Groundhog saw his shadow and predicted an early spring and because of that, we ask: is your trampoline spring-ready? Trampolines, both inground and above ground don’t require a lot of maintenance, but they do require some and that is especially true if it hasn’t been used for a few months.

Once spring makes its way to your part of the country, you want to make certain the trampoline is ready to greet the new season with the same fervor you are!

Is Your Trampoline Spring-Ready?

Here are some items you will want to check to assure your trampoline is ready to greet the season.

  1. The frame. It’s the heart of the trampoline and has to be in good shape to assure performance, but more importantly, safety. Inspect the frame for erosion, rust or any cracks or other faults that could impact its integrity.
  2. The mat. Check the mat for any pilling or snags or tiny tears. During the winter, falling branches or the weight of ice and snow could have damaged it. Wash it thoroughly, let it dry then inspect it.
  3. The springs. It’s possible for the springs on the trampoline to have stretched out or to have gotten rusted over time. Check them and assure yourself that none of them are stretched out; if they are replace them before anyone jumps.
  4. The safety net. If you didn’t take down the safety net for the winter season, it may have gotten damaged by wind or snow. If it got blown over, check for any tears. You may need to replace the netting or the entire safety enclosure as well as any enclosure poles that may be damaged.
  5. The spring padding. The padding on the springs protects anyone who jumps from falling and getting pinched by the springs. The springs padding also helps prevent anyone from falling down between the springs and getting injured.

Before you remove the trampoline cover, inspect it for any holes or any rips and replace it if necessary. The trampoline cover is one of the best ways to protect your investment.

If you have any questions about trampolines — inground or above ground — give us a call! We can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

Why Get An Inground Trampoline

When it comes to trampolines you may be wondering why get an inground trampoline? They may cost more than above ground, but does that make them any better or safer? It just might! But, in fact, there are many reasons to consider an inground trampoline, not the least of which is the aesthetic appeal — or the fact that they don’t detract from the beauty of your backyard and its landscaping.

Why Get An Inground Trampoline

Here are other reasons to consider an inground trampoline. This is based on our research, our dedication to the products we sell and in response to questions we get asked all the time.

  1. They are inherently safer than an above ground trampoline. The reason is, they are ground level. When you add in a safety net around the sides, you’re making it even safer. As with an above ground trampoline, though it is up to the adults in the household to enforce the rules of the trampoline to keep everyone safe.
  2. They are built to last. We sell only high quality, made in the USA products. The products we sell are made to last and will as long as you exercise proper care and maintenance with them.
  3. They are easy to install. If you can dig a hole and put up some of the inground trampoline components, you will have your own trampoline in no time. It is a true DIY project and can even be a fun way to spend with friends and family — as long as they know they will be invited to jump once it’s complete!
  4. They look great. When you take down the safety net (and don’t do this while people are using the inground trampoline, it will virtually blend into the yard.
  5. They come in various shapes and sizes to suit your jump needs and the space you have to devote to it.

If you have any questions about trampolines — inground or above ground — give us a call! We can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

How To Start Your Trampoline Workout

Congratulations you just invested in your first inground or above ground trampoline! Now how to start your trampoline workout? Do you just get on and start jumping? Is there prep work you need to do? Yes, and maybe are the answers to those questions.

Rebounding on an inground or an above ground trampoline is both an effective and a fun workout and it can be as simple as jumping. If you want a more fruitful workout, though you may want to be more thoughtful in how you’re working out to make the most of it.

Consider that rebounding is a more effective, and less jarring on your bones and joints workout and you can see why trampolines are becoming the go-to piece of workout equipment.

How To Start Your Trampoline Workout

A regular routine of jumping on your trampoline will:

  1. Help burn calories
  2. Strengthen your muscles and joints
  3. Improve your cardiovascular system
  4. Remove toxins from your body and your lymph nodes

If you’re looking for a primer on your first trampoline workout, here are is something to get you on your way.

  1. Bounce gently. Keeping both feet on the trampoline. At this point it’s not even about getting your feet off the mat.
  2. Once you’ve done some gentle bouncing and balancing, bounce higher until your feet are just off the mat.
  3. Do this for about five minutes as a warm up or as a cardiovascular workout
  4.  Now stand in the center of the mat and jog in place. Lift your arms and knees high as you jog. Stay centered in the trampoline so you don’t get injured. Lift your legs higher when you get more comfortable with bouncing and balancing
  5. Jump in place and alternate jumping with jumping jacks. It may be difficult, at first, to coordinate the jumping jack leg and arm movement on the trampoline.
  6. Do some jumping knee lifts. Jump with both feet together, then lift one knee. Pretend you’re marching. Jump. Alternate knee lift.
  7. Vary the intensity of the workout by jumping and twisting your hips.
  8. Another variation is to jump and bring both knees up together, as high as you can while you’re bouncing.
  9. Once you’re comfortable with your workout, consider adding hand weights to increase your arm strength.

When you’re getting a workout on a trampoline, it’s more about the actual act of moving than it is with the specific actions you take!

If you have any questions about trampolines — inground or above ground — give us a call! We can answer any other questions you have about a trampoline purchase — inground or above ground.

If you’re thinking about getting an above ground or an inground trampoline this year, give us a call. Let’s talk about the best trampoline for you, your family and your budget.

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