Backyard trampolines are very common here in Sacramento due to our year-round mild weather; and bouncing has been a great way for kids to burn off their excess energy for generations, however trampolines can be quite dangerous. Dangers include falling from the trampoline, or landing incorrectly within it, which can result in significant head, neck or back injuries. Every year, almost 100,000 emergency room visits are attributed to injuries sustained while using trampolines. Most of those injuries – upwards of 80% – occur in children under 15 years of age.
The risk of backyard trampolines has been deemed great enough that the American Academy of Pediatrics has advised that trampolines should be used only within supervised programs with trained personnel – for example, within a gymnastics class – and not in private homes or unsupervised play areas. Despite the warning, sales of backyard trampolines have risen to approximately million sold per year.
Insurance companies have begun treating backyard trampolines like swimming pools, which are known as “attractive nuisances” because they can draw young people and have inherent dangers. Many insurers requires that your yard be fenced if you own a trampoline, and otherwise will not cover any losses that occur with its use. In fact, some homeowners’ policies may exclude the use of trampolines altogether or ownership of one could result in higher premiums.