Trampolines are a lot of fun. They also provide a great way to get some exercise without it feeling like exercise. However, there is a downside to this backyard addition that you should really consider before you decide to install one. The liability for injuries is incredibly high. Trampolines are incredibly risky for children, and according to the Mayo Clinic, they lead to serious injuries every year.
While the most common injuries are sprains and broken bones, it is not uncommon for someone to suffer a severe head or neck injury as a result of using a trampoline. The greatest risk is falling off the trampoline and to the ground since it is set high up, often requiring a ladder or step stool to get on to it. Injuries can also happen just from jumping, especially if more than one person jumps at a time. The dangers are so high that experts recommend not having one in your backyard.
If you do decide to install a trampoline, make sure to first check with your insurance provider. You need to make sure your policy will cover injuries related to the trampoline. Without coverage, you face a lot of liability that could potentially lead to serious financial issues if someone suffers a severe injury from playing on your trampoline.
You also need to set strict rules for use. Make sure there is always an adult present when anyone is using it. Allow only one jumper at a time. Limit risky moves, such as flips. Install safety padding and nets. If possible, install it at ground level to prevent falls.