When you decide to buy a trampoline for yor garden, you are buying more than just a toy: you are investing in a piece of sports equipment you can reasonsably expect to last for a number of years.
Your trampoline will provide hours of fun and exercise, but in order to get the most value for money from it, you need to make it last by providing adequate protection and maintenance.
Firstly if your trampoline is not used all the year around, and you have somewhere suitable to store it, taking it down for the winter months will provide the best protection from frost, wind and other bad weather.
You can also buy purpose-built all-weather covers to protect trampolines from the elements, and these provide a good alternative to packing the equipment away, or can be useful protecting the trampoline overnight.
Secondly, you can prevent a small amount of wear and tear becoming a source of major damage, or worse even injury, by regularly inspecting it for damage.
How often you conduct these inspections will depend on how frequently the trampoline is used. Choose either the same day each week, or a regular day each month so that you get into the routine of doing the checks, and write it on the calendar so you don't forget.
A thorough inspection should include the safety net, protective pad, springs, legs and the actual bounce mat itself.
Spring Inspection Make sure you check every individual spring in turn, don't rely on just a couple of spot checks.
On each spring look for:
- Are there any signs of rust?
- Is the spring stretching or losing its shape?
- Is the spring becoming detached at from either the frame at one end, or the mat at the other.
- Are there any springs missing?
Bounce Mat Inspection
Perform an inspection both from the ground, and while seated on the bounce mat. Check for signs that the mat is fraying. Small, threadbare areas can quickly grow causing weak points on the mat. Pay special attention to the areas there the hooks are sewn in at the edges. As part of this inspection look for any rips and tears to the safety padding covering the springs. Little hands or feet may get caught in small holes in the apdding, casuing the rip to get bigger, and potentially causing an injury.
Trampoline Enclosure Check
This needs to be a very thorough inspection, as a faulty saftey net will give a false sense of security. Check all over for signs that the fabric is fraying. What looks like a small area of unsightly wear and tear can quickly turn into a hole is left unrepaired. Pay particular attention to all the points at which the enclosure fixes to the trampoline, ensuring there are no weak spots or gaps developing that someone might fall through.
Do not use the trampoline if you have doubts over the function or integriuty of any of the springs. The btramlooline can be easily repaired by obtaining replacement parts, but if you conbtinue to use it before fixing it you run the risk of either further damaging the trampoline or the user being injured.
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