Time to buy a trampoline?
So the kids have been wanting a trampoline for ages now. Every Christmas, every birthday, the same request is made. But is a trampoline really a good idea? Space can be a problem. If the yard isn't particularly roomy, that new trampoline could take up quite a bit of space that could be used for other things. There is also the question of placement. That trampoline needs to be positioned correctly in order to be safe. And that's another thing - are trampolines really safe for kids?
Buying a Trampoline
Of course, as with any new toy, it's important to do some research first. Let's take a look at some of those issues to see whether a trampoline really is a good investment. First up, space. Luckily, trampolines come in a variety of sizes. There are little ones for little kids, and there are bigger ones for bigger kids. These can range in size, usually from 8 feet in diameter to 16 feet. Depending on the size of the yard, a trampoline 10ft in size can be the perfect option. Plenty of space for bouncing, while not taking up too much space in the yard.
As for positioning, it's best to read the instructions before deciding where to place that new trampoline. Trampolines should be placed on a level surface, on soft ground (such as grass) away from pools and ponds. There should be clear space above the trampoline, and surrounding it - and it should be within sight of the house. And safety? This is a big one. Make sure the trampoline meets safety standards and that it is well maintained so that it stays safe. Keep a close watch when the kids are playing, and ensure the safety net remains closed at all times. Or for added peace of mind, opt for a springless trampoline .