Skip the Home Trampoline

This is part of a series about making your home child-safe room by room, inside and out. Make sure you’re subscribed to get tips for every room.

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Making your backyard safe for your children and their friends is the first step in creating fun, active outdoor experiences. Here are some musts to keep in mind all year around:

  • Make sure you have a four sided fence with self-closing and self-latching gate around all pools.
  • For above-ground pools, remove ladders when not in use.
  • Consider a door or pool alarm for in-ground pools and always use them.
  • Smaller kiddie pools should also be emptied each night.
  • Keep hot tubs covered and locked when not in use.
  • Supervise children on home playground equipment. Nearly 70 percent of all playground injuries are related to falling, according to the National Program for Playground Safety. Keep the area under playground equipment covered with a soft surface that can absorb falls. The ideal surfaces include: mulch, wood chips, pea gravel, sand, chipped rubber, rubber mats or tiles.
  • Skip the home trampoline. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently put out a statement encouraging Pediatricians to advise against recreational trampoline use.
  • Pick up any debris or rocks before mowing the lawn, they can become projectiles when they hit the lawnmower blade.
  • Always have another adult supervising young children while mowing the lawn. Don’t let young children ride along on lawnmowers.

Check out tips on other rooms here.

Erica Surman, RN, BSN, Pediatric Trauma Program Manager, Beaumont Health System

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