Trampoline Accidents: Warning - Your Home Owners Insurance Can Drop You!By Child Safety Specialist June 14, 2012 | 02:00 PMPosted in: Family, Child Safety
You probably don't reaize the dangers and
potential financial consequences of owning a trampoline.
First point, kids get hurt on trampoline accidents all the time. In 2006, the Consumer
Product Safety Review reported that there were 109,522 injuries caused by a
trampoline. The majority of
trampoline-related injuries are sprains and fractures but some injuries can
cause paralysis and even death. One
argument that I constantly hear from parents who own trampolines is that they
have a safety enclosure around it. While
this might prevent kids from falling off it, it’s not going to prevent most of
the injuries. Some of the most severe
trampoline injuries are caused by kids bumping into each other, doing
somersaults or hurting themselves on the springs.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following
recommendations to avoid trampoline accidents:
·Do not keep a trampoline at home, whether
indoors or outdoors, for your children to jump on.
·Make sure your child’s school does not have a
trampoline on the playground, as this can pose a serious child safety hazard.
·Use of a trampoline is appropriate only under
the direct supervision of trained individuals such as physical therapists or
athletic trainers. If used under these conditions, only one person should be on
the trampoline at a time.
·Children younger than age 6 should never use a
trampoline, even in supervised training programs.
·The surface of a trampoline used for supervised
training programs should be checked routinely for rust, tears and detachments.
·A safety pad should cover all portions of the
steel frame and springs.
It’s not only the medical community that has serious
concerns about trampolines. Some
insurance companies will refuse to provide home owners insurance
if you have a trampoline while other might cancel your coverage if they learn you
have one on your property. Still others
will write in a “trampoline exclusion” which means that if any injury occurs on
the trampoline they will not cover it.
Bottom line is that the physical risks as well as the potential
financial liability make trampolines just not worth having.
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