Trampoline parks are growing in popularity, not just in the US, but across the whole word. With increased numbers of trampoline parks popping up around the globe, it is more important than ever to consider your own safety, and that of your family.
Now, trampoline parks are relatively safe spaces, but there are things you can do to make sure you’re staying as safe as possible. This article will fill you in on the safety regulations surrounding trampoline parks, as well as give you some tips and tricks on how to make yourself even safer.
What Regulations Are There for Trampoline Parks?
Due to the expansion of the trampoline park industry, the regulations which encompass it are continually changing and improving. In 2011 the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASMT) began to establish standards that must be maintained by all parks.
A year and a half later a document titled Standard Practice for Design, Manufacture, Installation, Operation, Maintenance, Inspection and Major Modification of Trampoline Courts was introduced. The purpose of this was to provide a set safety standard that all trampoline parks must adhere to, in order to keep their clientele safe. Updates to this document are regularly published.
In 2012 park owners and franchise operators joined together to make the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP). It is a member funded organisation and includes the likes of Jeff Platt, the CEO of the Sky Zone franchise, and also leaders from Altitude Trampoline Parks, both of which have sites all over America.
ITAP focus on the safety and standards of trampoline parks. They often hold educational conferences, have insurance programs, trade shows and regulation tracking and support. If you trying to figure out if the park you’re visiting is safe, look out for these regulatory body certifications. This will give you a good idea of whether the park has top-notch safety features.
What Can I Do to Make Sure I Stay Safe?
There are plenty of things to do to improve your own safety, and the safety of your family, when using trampoline parks. Here are some helpful hints… Understand the risks. If you make yourself aware of any potential risks, you will be able to avoid them.
In the same way as home trampolines have springs, trampoline park ones do too. These are covered by padding. It is important to not jump on these, as they are not bouncy and will hurt! It is so important to be aware of your surroundings at trampoline parks, not just with the equipment.
Be aware of the people around you. Quite often accidents are caused by people not noticing those around them. So, keep an eye out for other people!
Follow the rules. This should really not need to be said, but you would be surprised by how many people think they can flaunt trampoline park rules! The rules are there for your safety. Yes, they are usually pretty strict, but they need to be.
If the rules weren’t in place it would be absolute carnage. So just stick to the rules, and make sure your children and family do too, that way everybody can have an enjoyable day and also stay safe. TOP TIP – share the rules with your children before visiting the park, that way they can internalise them without the excitement of the park getting in the way.
Avoid peak times. If you can, try to go to the trampoline park during less popular hours. This will allow you and your family to get the most out of what the trampoline parks have to offer, in addition to reducing any risk from other ‘jumpers’.
Visit parks with different areas for younger or shorter jumpers. The majority of parks have a special children’s area for kids younger than a certain age, or shorter than a certain height (usually around 44’’). This means that everyone can make the most of their experience and are not ‘bothered’ by people of different ages. Often the older jumpers can get frustrated with the younger ones and vice versa.
Know your own limitations. Remember, it is unlikely you will be able to go in there and do super fancy tricks and acrobatics, if you haven’t had any gymnastics training. This is something you can always work up to, if you like, but really think about your capabilities rather than trying anything too complicated on your firs visit.
Don’t compare yourself to other people, you don’t know how much training they’ve done! Anyway, most parks have rules regarding what tricks you are allowed to do. A lot of the more difficult ones aren’t appropriate for trampoline parks.
These hints are here to help you stay safe when visiting a trampoline park. Trampoline parks are very safe places, if you follow the rules. Most parks have supervisors ensuring that the jumpers are sticking to the rules and staying safe.
A lot of the scaremongering online about trampoline parks is just that, scaremongering. They are perfectly safe and very fun! Remember… if you follow the rules it is very unlikely anybody will get hurt. Visit the park’s website prior to you trip and learn the rules with your children. This is the best way to ensure that you are safe, that other people are safe and that everybody has fun!