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A common-sense approach keeps trampoline time fun

| Monday, June 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Springfree Trampoline offers these tips for summer safety:

• One at a time, please. Multiple jumpers increase the risk of injury from collision. Statistics show that with more than one simultaneous user, the smaller/lighter of the two is almost always the one sustaining an injury.

• Do not flip. Untrained jumpers run the risk of landing awkwardly.

• Avoid roughhousing. Some kids love to play rough and tumble, but this type of behavior can result in injury.

• While the family pet may love to have a turn, this can cause collisions and damage to the trampoline.

• Keep it clean. Trampolines should be void of foreign objects. Any new object introduced to the trampoline is another potential “hard surface” that can result in injury.

• Stand watch. Keep an eye on children and inexperienced jumpers while they are on the trampoline.

• Steer clear. Do not allow children or pets underneath the trampoline while someone is jumping.

• Stay in control by staying in the center of the trampoline. If you deviate during jumping, stop and move back to the center.

• Aid jumpers in safely entering and exiting the trampoline.

• Discuss the importance of trampoline safety with your kids, and tell them about the risks of not using it properly.

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