No, home and trampolines aren’t safe. Do
not use backyard trampolines.
Jumping on a trampoline is a high-risk activity. There is a chance that children and youth may get badly injured.
Alberta Health Services and The Canadian Paediatric Society recommend that you do
not use a trampoline at home (including private homes, cottages and summer homes).
The Canadian Paediatric Society also recommend that trampolines are not a part of outdoor playgrounds.
Quick Facts Between 2013 to 2017, the number of emergency department visits related to trampoline injuries
went up 47% in children ages 0 to 14.
The risks of a trampoline are related to its use. The majority of injuries occur on the trampoline itself.
Parents should not buy a trampoline for their home.
Trampolines aren’t play equipment and shouldn’t be part of backyard play areas.
Trampoline injuries often include:
In some cases, injuries are bad enough to cause a permanent disability or death.
Injuries happen when:
Safety nets, padding, and watching your child play on the trampoline doesn’t lower their risk of getting injured. There is no trampoline that’s designed safe enough to prevent injuries.
Injuries happen on bouncers when:
A bouncer can lose air and collapse if:
The types of injuries that can happen on bouncers can include:
If your child is playing on a bouncer at an amusement park or a community event, ask the operator to show you the proof of inspection and certification. The Alberta Safety Codes Act and Alberta Regulation (2012) needs all inflatable slides and most inflatable bounce devices to be inspected and certified when used at public events (such as fairs, street parties, amusement parks).
Before your child uses a bouncers, make sure:
If you’re using a bouncer in your backyard:
Jumping on a trampoline or playing on a bouncer may seem like a fun way to get exercise and play with friends. But the fun ends quickly when someone gets hurt. There are safer ways to get exercise while having fun, such as:
Current as of: March 9, 2020
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention Program, Alberta Health Services
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