10 Everyday Backyard Hazards and How to Fix Them

The Trampoline Trap
Trampolines can be fun, but you have to be aware of potential dangers. Get an enclosure, stick to one person jumping at a time, and always supervise children. ŠiStockphoto/Thinkstock

Trampolines are hilariously fun. These jumping and springing contraptions can keep both kids and adults (and even some famous YouTube pets) entertained for hours on end. But anyone who's ridden the often unpredictable upswings of a trampoline knows that these bouncy planes can quickly go from frivolous to frightening in about one-fifth of a second.

During 2009, the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System indicated that there were roughly 98,000 trampoline-related injuries in the U.S. Of those injuries, more than 3,000 resulted in hospitalization [Source: USA Today].

As anyone familiar with the double bounce already knows, most injuries occur when more than one person is jumping at the same time, which often results in a fall. Falls are especially bad news, and they account for anywhere from a quarter to half of all injuries. When that fall affects the head or neck, very bad things can happen.

Manufacturers have responded to many safety concerns in recent years, adding padding and enclosures to their products. Enclosures are effective in reducing catastrophic injuries, so be sure to buy one for your family. Also, be sure to restrict trampoline use to only one person at a time. Otherwise, your fabulously fun trampoline may eventually bounce you, permanently.