Top tips for trampoline care from ‘Get Britain Bouncing’
Checking the springs on a trampoline are safe for use.
GARDEN trampoline owners are from January, 2013 onwards being given free tips by the ‘Get Britain Bouncing’ campaign to ensure their equipment is safe to use after the winter.
The initiative, which aims to generate awareness of the benefits of bouncing, is giving the advice to anyone who owns an outdoor trampoline to ensure it is safe for use.
Martin Schofield, Chief Executive Officer of Super Tramp, which is supporting Get Britain Bouncing, said: “We know that lots of people will have been put off bouncing by the cold, wintry weather and as the spring sunshine arrives will be looking to start using their trampolines again.
“It is important that a few safety checks are carried out before youngsters start bouncing again to make sure the trampoline is still in safe condition and hasn’t been damaged during the winter months.
“Get Britain Bouncing has put together answers to the following frequently asked questions about pre-season checks for trampolines:
Question one: What is the first thing I should check before using my trampoline again after the winter?
Answer: Start with the frame. Check for cracks around the welds that join the legs to the top frame and also check the underside of the leg bases where they rest on the ground. These points are especially susceptible to wear and if left unchecked could wear away completely, leaving a large hole and a very weakened leg base.
Question two: How can I tell if any springs need replacing?
Answer: Any springs that have come away from the bed and are hanging loose or have become stretched will need to be replaced. If a spring is hanging vertically from the frame it usually indicates that the attachment to the bed has come unstitched. If this is the case remove the bed and either have it completely re-stitched all the way round or replace it with a new bed.
Question three: Is there anything specific that might cause damage to the trampoline bed?
Answer: Autumn and spring bonfires can take their toll as can falling embers from fireworks, not to mention flying roof tiles and other items blown across the garden in winter gales. Make sure you check for any holes or tears in the bed before using the trampoline.
Question four: What should I look for when checking the frame and enclosure of the trampoline?
Answer: Check the frame pads are still holding together and are still properly attached to the trampoline frame. Ensure that the clamps on the enclosure framework are tight enough to hold the poles firmly in place. Also look for rips and tears in the netting and make sure that the entrance can be opened and securely closed. Check that the bungies that support the net are all in place and working.”
Get Britain Bouncing aims to link with many other community and health organisations nationwide to work together to get the nation bouncing safely.
Get Britain Bouncing is a campaign designed to promote the many benefits of trampolining. The initiative is supported by the national trampoline manufacturer, supplier and retailer, Super Tramp, which is committed to helping the nation enjoy bouncing safely. The company helped found the organisation by bringing various bodies together and is sponsoring it.
Martin added: “We hope that these top tips will help owners keep their trampolines in good condition and will mean safe bouncing for all come the spring.”
For further details about the Get Britain Bouncing campaign, please visit www.getbritainbouncing.org.uk, log on to www.facebook.com/GetBritainBouncing or follow the organisation on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/GBBouncing
Posted by Tracy Thomas