Cheap Trampolines could cost your child's safety
As a manufacturer of trampolines, TP Toys is concerned that the effects of the credit crunch might mean parents are tempted to buy an inexpensive trampoline to keep kids entertained throughout the summer holidays. However, this may be a false economy as these cheaper products may not carry the same product guarantees or safety features as those that are manufactured by well-known established brands.
Pat Preston from TP Toys, explained: “You cannot put a price on your child’s safety, so when buying a trampoline it is crucial that parents purchase a product that meets the highest safety standards possible. Products from reputable brands are manufactured to high safety standards, have longer guarantees and come with the reassurance of knowing exactly where that trampoline came from and who is responsible should anything go wrong. It is vital that parents do their research before choosing a trampoline and always follow manufacturer’s guidelines on assembly and use carefully so that children continue to have fun safely.”
Following recent news of trampoline safety as highlighted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), TP Toys has also highlighted the necessary safety precautions that parents should take when their child uses a trampoline.
Dr Andrew Newton, Consultant in Emergency Medicine (of the Weston General Hospital), commented on his own experience of tending to patients who have been in trampoline-related accidents: “Injuries that occur in childhood as a result of using trampolines are often preventable. The majority of the time the incident leading to the injury could have been completely avoided if basic rules regarding trampoline safety had been observed.”
“As many accidents occur in young children between the age of 6 and 9 years old, the onus is really on parents to set the ground rules as to how trampolines should be used in safety.”
TP Toys top five tips when buying and using a trampoline, include:
1. InstallationEnsure when setting up a trampoline for the first time that you follow assembly instructions carefully and that the trampoline is located sensibly in your garden, on a soft impact surface like grass and with plenty of free play space around it .
2. Safety surroundsChoosing a trampoline enclosure is a good idea. It provides a much safer environment for a child to play in and keeps them from falling and injuring themselves.
3. Parent supervisionIt is vital that parents supervise their children on trampolines at all times, making them aware of dangers of using a trampoline improperly and encouraging them to play safely.
4. Single person useAccidents often happen when more than one person uses a trampoline at a time, especially where jumpers are of different weights and sizes. TP Toys strongly recommends one jumper at a time.
5. Regular maintenanceFollow the maintenance instructions supplied with your trampoline carefully. Buy a good quality trampoline to guarantee years of fun.
TP star Trampolines
Another specialist feature of the TP Star range is its octagonal bounce that gives the jumper a more controlled, vertical bounce across the whole surface of the trampoline.