Key Trampoline Safety Features

Click on the different parts to read why this is a key safety feature and what to look for when buying your trampoline.

The weight and thickness of your padding will contribute to the longevity and protection it gives you. For example, a thin or low-density pad will compress after a few uses, losing its ability to absorb energy from jumpers. Be sure the padding covers every part of the springs. The pad should be stitched to ensure the foam won’t shift to one end of the pad while jumping.

Getting on and off a trampoline should be simple and easy enough for young children to do themselves. The best entry system we found is the overlapping entry where the netted safety enclosure doubles over itself and jumpers slide between two nets to enter and exit the trampoline.

Studies confirm, safety enclosures significantly reduce the number of fall off and frame impact injuries. It is important to note the netting material, how it connects to the frame, net suspension systems and fail-safes vary greatly.

A well designed enclosure puts jumpers safely back to the trampoline bed. With redundant connections at the top, along the poles, and at the bottom of the netting, enclosures stay in place and protect jumpers even if one connection fails. Sturdy padded poles help eliminate injury from accidental impacts.

Safe zones are areas where a user can stand comfortably and safely, while waiting for their turn to jump. A safety enclosure should allow jumpers to safely stand on the pad while waiting their turn.

The frame is the foundation of your trampoline. Make sure yours is made with quality materials; it will be supporting your kids and various adults for many years to come. Protective coatings are required to keep the frame from rusting.

Springs bring your trampoline to life. They’re a critical element to getting a smooth and safe bounce. Springs absorb the energy from a jump and return that energy in the opposite direction to lift the bouncer into the air. The longer the spring, the long it takes to transfer your energy so the bounce feels smoother and is easier on your joints.

The safety net should be securely attached at the bottom so jumpers can’t contact the frame and the pad stays in place over the springs and frame.