Has the question can you jump on a wet trampoline ever crossed your mind? What answer came first to your mind? Let me do the honours of unveiling the mysterious solutions. If you are a risk lover, then you cannot wait to start jumping on a wet trampoline. However, if you are one of those who are concerned about the safety and stay very careful, then no way are you going to jump on a wet surfaced trampoline. To be very honest, there is more to this than just a simple yes or no answer. There are facts, evidence and little detail that you need to go through and understand before you try an experiment of this.
We all know the benefits of jumping on a trampoline or is trampoline good or bad. But if you don’t, have a read, and you’ll be amazed to find some shocking facts. In this article, I’ll focus on what happens when jumping on a wet trampoline.
How does a trampoline get wet?
This might sound funny to you, but this is as true as gravity pulling us down. Trampolines can get wet in two processes. Natural and man-made. Surely you have now started looking for the answer, HOW? Well, it is elementary. The man-made process is using a trampoline sprinkler or water sprayer to spray the trampoline. The natural process is letting the rain do its work. That’s right! Let nature do the work for you.
What is a trampoline sprinkler?
Another term for trampoline sprinkler is called mist sprayer. This is a device or water spraying machine that shoots out water to the trampoline. The water sprinkler is placed at the bottom of the trampoline, the water starts spraying and drops down on the trampoline, like a mist.
Should I jump on a wet trampoline?
Coming to the million-dollar question, the answer is pretty simple, with many explanations. To begin with the answer, NO you shouldn’t jump on a wet trampoline. As fun and exciting as it may sound, you still SHOULDN’T jump on a wet trampoline. The primary reason for not doing so is because of the number of accidents and injuries one can get from doing this. The accidents occur because when you water a trampoline, the surface mat of the trampoline gets wet and therefore becomes very slippery. The water removes all the friction making contact between the feet and the surface mat of the trampoline friction less. As a result, this makes the jumper slip and fell in a very awkward position, thus ensuring a trip to the emergency department of your local hospital.
Some would still counter this point by saying that a trampoline has a softer landing pad. And therefore, when a child slips and falls, they will land softly and safely. Well, this point is valid to some extent. Yes, trampolines do have a softer landing pad. And if a child falls, they will land softly with no harm done. However, some unforeseen circumstances cannot be controlled by a child who is more into the fun of jumping rather than the rules. For instance, the child could slip and fall on his hand with the full-body weight. This could easily twist his hands, fracture it, and dislocate it. A fall due to slipping cannot be controlled. At least not for a toddler.
Another hazard of slipping is falling on the frame. Yes before you bring up your defense about the frame being padded and all, just think about the hardness of the pad. Face first on to the pad can cause broken nose and therefore severe nose bleeds. Slipping and falling on the soft surface pad was okay. But on the hard padded frame, I don’t think so. What if the child jumps and falls off the trampoline. I know what you are going to say, “The trampoline is enclosed by a net!!” yes it get it. However, the nets have a rough surface that could easily give you son or daughter a bruised skin.
There are a lot of risk-takers that tend to spice things up to get more thrill and excitement. Little do they know that the only outcome this has is you ending up with a plaster on your hands or legs and end up spending time on your house for a month of three. The reason they take such risks is that they have this idea that jumping on a wet trampoline will help them jump higher and achieve greater heights. However, this theory of theirs is just a myth. No scientific prove are there to support this claim. So if you are planning to try this experiment, then I just saved you a couple of hundred dollars on medical bills and 3 months of bed rest with a plaster on.
Why do people use water sprinklers on a trampoline?
Now, this is an excellent question if you have it on your mind. It is strictly advised by professionals not to jump on wet trampolines, then why do people use water sprinklers on a trampoline? Well if you have ever dropped on one, then you should know that jumping is fun and has a lot of benefits, but it is also very tiring. When your children get on one and start jumping, you’ll notice that they won’t come down any time soon. This is because jumping is fun. However, within this fun is a hidden lot of sweat and tiredness. On a bright sunny day if you’re little trouble maker wants to go to the back yard and have some fun on a trampoline, be advised that it will dehydrate him. This is why people use a water sprinkler. The benefit this device gives is the rain like water mist it shoots out, cooling your children while they are having fun. The gentle mist sprays them, and lowers their body temperature under control, preventing them from getting overheated.
When using a sprinkler, make sure you position it towards your child and not on the mat. Keep in mind that you need to come and check the surface mat and the water that has been stored on it. If too much water is stored, make sure you stop your child from jumping.
Another reason why people water their trampoline is to clean it. If you know how to clean a trampoline, then you have the upper hand. For those who are new at it, make sure you let the surface mat dry before allowing your little one back on. Having a clean trampoline is very important as sweats stick to the surface mat and glues the dust particles to it. This raises the hygienic issues that you don’t want your baby to face.
Does water damage trampolines?
Well, nowadays, the materials used for the trampolines are pretty much water-resistant. The springs and the frames are rust-resistant. Trampolines are built for outdoors and therefore made to withstand the wet weather. The surface mats and pads are water-resistant; consequently, they do not absorb water. Thus, your trampoline is safe from getting water damaged. Even though the frames and springs are rust-resistant, too much of water can somehow damage the surface and find a way in and then start corroding the metal frameworks. Not to forget, whenever it rains, go and dry the trampoline and remove the water rain left-back once it stops raining. Not only do you remove the water, but you also clean it properly. As the rain falls, it mixes with the dust particles and other impurities that could also cause health issues.
I couldn’t agree more about how fun jumping on a trampoline is. Neither will I deny the much-needed benefits jumping on a trampoline has stored in it. But at the end of the day, we all cannot get carried away with it. Too much fun without controlling it can lead us to a position we don’t want to be. This is why it is always important to know beforehand about the usefulness and hazards of a trampoline. If you ask me, I like to keep everyone on full alert regarding trampolines.
Personally, I would highly recommend you not to let your kids jump on a wet trampoline. Keep them under full supervision at all times. Keep an eye out on the trampoline as well and check for any damages if there is any. It’s always best to have fun safely. Try doing things that have been proven to be safe scientifically. In that way, you’ll know that it is safe and there will be nothing to worry about. Make sure the surface pad of the trampoline is dry. Check and make sure that the frames are appropriately padded. Buy a trampoline with a soft landing pad.