White Peck Carrington
Call Today 859-274-4115

The hidden dangers of trampolines in the summer

Summertime is playtime for many of our kids. Children have off school and are able to play freely - but unfortunately there are many dangers that could cause your children to seriously injure themselves, putting a sudden end to their summertime fun.

We have written previously about the dangers of swimming pools, especially in relation to bacteria and parasites that may exist when the pool owners don't clean the water properly. But there are many other dangers you need to watch out for, on your own property and others. One that often goes unnoticed: trampolines.

A 2014 study performed by the Journal of Pediatric OrthopaedicsĀ found that the number of injuries, and the costs of those injuries, is actually pretty high. Between 2002 and 2011, there were over one million emergency visits for trampoline-related injuries - and nearly 300,000 of those resulted in fractures. As expected, this issue largely affects our children; 92.7 percent of those who sought treatment were ages 16 and younger.

The total cost across the country for trampoline-related injuries during this 10-year period? Over $1 billion.

What you can do to stay safe

As a parent, you want to ensure your child is able to still have fun - without seriously injuring themselves. There are a number of measures you can take around your own home and your own trampoline to protect them, but you may not be able to keep them safe on other people's property.

According to the study, the average age of trampoline accident victims is 9.5 years old. This means that a proportionally large number of children injuring themselves are quite young. Parents should remain vigilant and supervise their own young children around trampolines, but ensure the safety of any visitors or friends whose children may be playing in your yard.

Summertime is the time for fun. We don't want to ruin that for our children, but the last thing we want is for them to get injured. This summer, be sure to keep your children safe.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

White Peck Carrington | 26 Broadway | P.O. Box 950 | Mount Sterling, Kentucky 40353-0950 | 859-274-4115 | Fax: 859-498-7363 | Map & Directions