While the presence of any safety net reduces the chance of trampoline-related injuries, safety nets vary dramatically in structure, material and effectiveness. The result is a large disparity in the safety that different enclosures provide. Please be aware of the following factors when evaluating trampoline nets:
Entrance to Trampolines:
The net opening allows jumpers to enter the trampoline and may take the form of a zipper built into the enclosure, a velcro or snap system, or an overlapping section of enclosure. While all forms are relatively safe when used properly, zipper, snap, and velcro systems are often misused and can lead to injury. Children who are hasty to start bouncing often forget to close the opening after entering the trampoline and leave a dangerous gap in the net through which they can fall off of the trampoline. In addition, jumpers can easily break through a velcro or snap opening during a fall. In light of these mishaps, TrampolineSafety recommends an overlap-style opening.
Depending on the brand, the trampoline safety net will attach to the trampoline in different ways. These nets can anchor around the frame at the level of the trampoline bed, at the poles surrounding the trampoline perimeter, or at additional structural material at the top of the net. While more anchoring is generally better, the most important feature to look for is numerous, high-quality anchoring at the level of the trampoline bed. This maintains net tension in the bed-level areas and thereby maximizes protection where jumpers will most commonly fall towards the net or the frame.
Nets that stand entirely inside the safety mat and springs pose a particular danger. Although they do a good job of protecting one jumper, they can actually increase injuries in multiple-jumper situations because they prohibit jumpers from safely yielding to one another by standing on accessible mat space.
Quality of Materials:
The material of the net itself is also an important factor in maintaining a safe trampoline environment. Make sure your net is UV protected to prevent disintegration of the net material over time. As an additional concern, nets with small interwoven holes introduce the potential hazard of jumpers getting their fingers caught in the netting. Ensure that your netting has wider interwoven holes or is composed of tightly woven mesh in order to prevent this danger.
Impact Resistance and Durability:
Not every safety net will keep you safe. Low-quality net designs or improper installation may break or perform poorly, resulting in injury. Be sure to choose a trusted safety net brand with proven results. Watch these Safety Videos to see what we found.