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In recent years more and more families have become aware
of the long term benefits of having a trampoline in their
garden - children never seem to lose their enthusiasm
for them, and parents are finding a new form of fun exercise.
However, as there are now so many people using trampolines
these days, it is perhaps inevitable that accidents, although
actually very rare, becomes more of a concern to parents.
Here at eurocosm.com we are very keen to promote
trampoline safety, and our sales team is always on hand
to advise, help and support our customers in this respect.
The most important thing to remember is to make sure that
children understand the simple rules of how to avoid accidents
when using a trampoline. In addition, the use of a safety
net can provide a second line of defence against a particular
type of trampoline accident - falling off. Here we try
to explain some of the issues that may help customers
to decide which safety net enlcosure is necessary for
What is a Trampoline Safety Net?
A Safety Net, sometimes called a trampoline enclosure
or fun ring etc, is a circular net, that fits around your
trampoline and prevents you falling off your trampoline.
Although there are many safety net models available, quality
does vary quite considerably, and is not always related
How does a Trampoline Safety Net prevent accidents?
The primary function of a Safety Net is to stop anyone
falling off a trampoline. Accidents on trampolines are,
in fact, very rare. The types of accidents that result
in injury are usually not related to falls on the trampoline
bed or the part of the pads covering the springs, but
to falls onto the outer circular rail, and falls onto
the ground around the trampoline. Falls off the trampoline
are more dangerous if the ground around the trampoline
is not free of obtructions (eg chairs, bikes, walls etc),
or if the ground is particularly hard (eg stone patios).
The likelihood of such accidents increases if children are
not aware of safety rules, such as not jumping too close
to the edge, not trying advanced moves, such as somersaults,
and using the trampoline one person at time.
What are the benefits of a Safety Net?
Without a Safety Net, the level of supervision required
by parents increases. It is not uncommon to see parents
standing each side of a trampoline, with their hearts
in their mouths as their little three-year old joyfully
runs round the edge of trampoline in complete gay abandon.
This can be very stressful for parents, which can even
sometimes spoil the fun your child is having. If you fit
a safety net, parental supervision is still advised, however
you will notice that, as a parent, stress levels will
reduce dramatically. Another benefit of a trampoline enclosure
is that it enables you to do more on your trampoline,
giving you more confidence to try out new manoeuvers.
Are all Safety Nets the same?
No - the quality of trampoline safety enclosures does
vary quite considerably. Almost all mid-range and upwards
safety nets available today are capable of preventing
children and adults from falling off the trampoline, not
all are capable of preventing the another type of potentially
dangerous accident - falling onto the outer rail. The
outer rail is the circular bar on the trampoline frame
to which the trampoline springs are attached. Although
this part of the frame is usually covered by the trampoline
pads, it is usually the hardest part of the trampoline
on which it is possible to fall. We therefore recommend
trampoline safety nets that are held INSIDE the circumference
of the outer rail, so that the chances of falling onto
the outer rail are greatly reduced. Budget safety nets
are often NOT constructed in this way - the net is often hung
directly onto the vertical enclosure poles, outside the
outer rail, and making a fall onto the outer rail unpreventable.
Worse, with this type of budget construction, you have
the additional risk of falling onto the safety-net metal
Which Safety Nets do you recommend?
We recommend trampoline enclosures whose net is held off
the enclosure frame, since this is a safer design. Our
favourite safety net is probably the Bazoongi
Safety Net - not only from a safety aspect, but also
because it represents particularly good value for money,
and blends well into the garden too!. The frame looks
like a series of upside down "U"'s, giving greater strength,
and preventing the vertical poles from bending inwards
over time. The net is held off the frame, and away from
the outer rail, making it safer than earlier safety net
designs. In fact, the net on this model actually comes
inside the padding, which increases safety even further
(and, yes, protects the pads too!). The quality of the
netting itself is also good (some nets tend to use a particularly
rough type of netting that does't look or feel nice at
all). Also, the colour of this safety net is black, which
is a very good colour if you want your trampoline to blend
well into the garden, and not be too imposing. The JumpKing
Safety Net is very similar to the Bazoongi net mentioned
above. If you are looking spend less on a safety net,
we also recommend the Proline
Safety Net. Although the vertical poles are not joined
at the top, it is a strong safety enclosure, and the net
is held off the enclosure poles and trampoline outer rail.
Also, the green colour of this net is very good for garden
blending, and the quality of the netting material itself
is one of the best we have seen.
Are your Safety Nets compatible with my trampoline?
All our safety nets are compatibtle wil all 12 foot and
14 foot outdoor trampolines that have a standard leg construction
- ie 8 vertical legs (usually 4 sets of leg pairs). You
will rarely see trampolines with 6 leg pairs, but these
non-standard trampolines are generally not very sought
after anyway. All you need to do is select the correct
diameter - a 14ft Safety Net is suitable for a 14ft trampoline
(in this case, 14ft is the overall diameter, including
Is a Safety Net easy to fit?
All our trampoline safety nets bolt onto the vertical
legs poles on your trampoline. This is a simple assembly
operation, and no special tools (or strength!) is required.
Fitting usually takes about 40 minutes.
If you are interested in purchasing a trampoline safety
net, and are looking for more information before you finalise
your choice, please do feel free to speak to an expert
buy calling us on UK Freephone 0800 01 88844