Over 3,000 trampoline-related injuries are reported each year in Australia. You can reduce the risks by choosing the right trampoline for your child’s use, installing and maintaining it properly, and putting it in a safe spot in your yard.
Buying a new trampoline
Before buying a trampoline, make sure that you have enough space in your yard for it. Only buy a trampoline that does not have exposed springs and frame. When you install the trampoline, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Checking your trampoline
Regularly check your trampoline for tears, rust, detachment and general weakening of the structure. If your trampoline is fitted with metal springs, remember to check their condition beneath the padding. Trampolines that have worn safety pads or springs should be refitted with a new padding safety system and new springs.
Where to place your trampoline
Safety guidelines for where you should put the trampoline in your yard:
- place on a flat surface
- make sure the area is clear of obstacles like concrete, bikes, rocks, over-hanging trees, walls, electrical wires or building structures
- never place it on a concrete surface as a child could suffer severe injuries by falling onto the concrete
- provide at least eight metres clearance above the trampoline
- ensure the height of the trampoline bed (mat) from the floor is sufficient to prevent the bed from contacting the floor while the user is bouncing. However, the mat should not exceed 1160mm in height.
- if possible, anchor the trampoline to the ground to eliminate the temptation for children to move it
- maintain a clearance (fall zone) around the trampoline of 2500mm for open trampolines and 1500mm for closed trampolines
- store the trampoline safely and correctly when not in use.
Avoid access by ladders
Do not provide access to the trampoline via ladders or boards. If a child cannot get up independently, they may not be at the right developmental stage for trampoline activities.
Is the trampoline age-appropriate?
Trampolines that measure more than 500mm from ground level are not recommended for children under six years of age. Jogger trampolines are recommended for younger children.
Safe use of trampolines
When children are on the trampoline:
- ensure constant supervision
- keep toddlers away when the trampoline is in use to prevent them from going underneath it
- allow only one child at a time on the trampoline
- teach children to jump in the centre of the mat
- teach them to climb on and off the trampoline rather than jumping off
- ensure children do not wear helmets, jewellery, buckles or shoes on the trampoline
- clearly explain the rules and make sure the children follow and understand them.
This information has been developed in collaboration with Kidsafe NSW.
Trampoline safety – it’s flippin’ important
Go to the trampolines page on the Product Safety Australia website for more information about trampoline safety.
If you become aware of an unsafe situation or item, whether or not anyone has been injured, you should alert the supplier about the issue. You can also report it by lodging a complaint on our website.