Over the past few years, Trampoline Parks have been popping up all over the UK, increasing from just three in 2014 to around 200 parks now. With this dramatic rise in the number of trampoline parks, hospitals across the country have also reported an increase in trampoline park related injuries with 1,181 ambulance call-outs in 2017.
So, what can be done to improve the safety of these much-loved family entertainment venues?
Is it time for regulations?
Currently, there are no safety regulations aimed at how trampoline parks are built, inspected, maintained or managed, but there is a voluntary standard, PAS 5000:2017, designed by the British Standards Institute working with the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP), The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and British Gymnastics.
As the current standard is voluntary, a number of parks across the country are completely unregulated and do not abide by basic safety precautions.
Peter Brown, chairman of the IATP spoke to the BBC for a recent news article and said “The only way it [regulation] would work would be the government setting legislation. I can’t see them doing that but if they did we would not be averse to that happening.”
With official regulations seeming a long way off, it is important that all trampoline parks are built and maintained to a high standard that are in-line with PAS 5000:2017.
At Sportsafe, we have vast experience in designing, manufacturing, servicing and maintaining trampoline parks both in the UK and Europe to the highest of standards and guarantee to meet specifications laid out by the IATP.
If your park has encountered any issues relating to health & safety or you want to get any independent advice regarding trampoline park safety, call our expert team today on 0333 300 0032 or via email: [email protected]
Read the BBC’s full news article – Trampoline Parks: Regulation calls after injuries increase