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Trampoline and Bounce House Safety

Overview

Trampolines and Bounce Houses (also known as moon bouncers) have become very popular for children and teenagers of all ages.   Unfortunately, injuries, including broken bones, are very common during these fun and exciting activities. 
 
When children injure themselves on trampolines or bounce houses, the injuries can be quite serious and may even require surgery.   Injuries may result in permanent paralysis or death.
 
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has issued a position statement regarding trampolines. This document states, “Trampolines should not be used for unsupervised recreational activity.”
 
That being said, there are certain steps that can be taken to increase the safety and decrease the risk of injury when using trampolines and bounce houses:
 
  1. The use of a net or ground-level trampoline can decrease the risk of falls from a height, but does not prevent injuries related to collisions and twisting events. 
  2. One child at a time on the trampoline or in the bounce house is safest.
  3. When children play in small groups in or on these devices, it is best if they are of the same age and size. 
  4. An adult should DIRECTLY supervise trampoline and bounce house use at all times.


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More Information

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  American Academy of Pediatrics: US Consumer Product Safety Commission:

Q:  Are trampolines and bounce houses safe for my children?

Unfortunately, injuries, including broken bones, often occur during these fun and exciting activities. 
 

Q:  Is it safe for my children to play on a trampoline or in a bounce house unsupervised?

No.  It is never safe for children to be unsupervised on a trampoline or in a bounce house.
 

Q:  Are there ways I can increase safety for my children when using a trampoline or a bounce house?

Yes.
  1. The use of a net or ground-level trampoline may prevent falls from a height, but they do not prevent injuries related to collisions and twisting events. 
  2. One child at a time on the trampoline or in the bounce house is safest.
  3. When children play in small groups in or on these devices, it is best if they are of the same age and size. 
  4. At all times, an adult should DIRECTLY supervise trampoline and bounce house use.
 

Q:  What kinds of injuries can children sustain on trampolines and in bounce houses?

Sprains, strains, and bruises are the most common injuries.  However, sometimes more serious injuries happen, including broken bones and concussions.  Sometimes these injuries are so serious that they may require surgery.  Injuries may result in permanent paralysis or death.