What makes a good trampoline safety enclosure?
A trampoline safety enclosure is a must have. In the decade since trampoline safety enclosures have been available in the market, the trampoline injury rate has steadily declined. Today, 90 percent of new trampolines are sold with safety enclosures, showing that they have become an accepted and required safety precaution, just like bike helmets and seat belts.
As a responsible parent, it is important to know how to buy a trampoline safety enclosure and what technology and features are present in the best ones. The best trampoline safety enclosures are engineered for safety—they are structurally sound, durable, and provide safety features specifically designed with kids in mind.
What makes a good trampoline safety enclosure? Here are four things to look for:
- Make sure the net system wraps outside the supporting poles
This is a key JumpSport design element that enables impact force to be absorbed by all of the enclosure's surrounding structural poles at once, distributing impact energy and creating a unified system many times stronger than those with nets suspended inside the poles. This design, part of JumpSport's Triple-Safe™ Fall Protection, also provides for 25 percent more play space, and rest zones where kids can wait their turns safely—off the jumping surface but securely inside the enclosure.
- Make sure the supporting poles are strong and securely attached to the trampoline frame
JumpSport's eight foam-cushioned steel poles are UV-resistant, heavy guage steel, designed and tested to flex on impact. Each is attached securely to the trampoline frame with three U-bolt assemblies. Cheap imitation systems attach the net to the poles with weak elastic bands or, in the case of free-standing designs, with no attachments at all.
- Make sure the net is attached to the poles securely
JumpSport's Triple-Fail-Safe™ Suspension System attaches the net securely to the poles and provides added protection to jumpers at each pole location. This design aids in gently re-directing jumpers back to the center of the trampoline whenever they impact the net.
- First, a heavy-duty strap with over 1500 lbs/inch of burst strength weaves through the top of the netting.
- Second, the net wraps around the outside of the poles.
- Finally, the net is secured to each pole using interwoven shock cords held in place by a high strength strap.
- JumpSport's Triple-Fail-Safe Suspension System decreases the likelihood of contact with the springs or the frame pad, and keeps jumpers safely inside.
- Make sure the enclosure has an overlapping doorway
It's a fact of life that kids forget to close doors, so it is very important that your trampoline safety enclosure always remains closed so kids can't possibly fall out. JumpSport's Un-Forgettable™ Doorway is designed with this in mind and its overlapping doorway can never be left undone. JumpSport's unique design allows for easy, safe entry and exit, but does not require kids to Velcro, zip or button anything.
JumpSport is the most experienced and knowledgeable manufacturer of trampoline safety nets in the world today. As the inventor of the trampoline safety net and owner of the original patent that heralded its entrance to the market in 1997, JumpSport can claim a unique expertise. In the ten years since its first trampoline safety enclosure became available, JumpSport has continually improved, refined, and strengthened its design, setting a standard that has not been matched.