Accident alert

GLASGOW’S health carers are warning the public about the dangers of trampolines.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is urging parents to be aware of the risks involved in allowing their children to play on the equipment.

Last year, more than 200 children were treated for injuries related to trampolines at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

Now, NHSGGC has joined forced with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and B&Q stores to offer parents and children safety guidance when using a trampoline at home.

Dr Neil Wilson, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the RHSC, has seen the number of children attending the hospital with trampoline-related injuries rise as the their popularity increases and more families buy them for their kids.

He said: “Trampoline injuries can often be extremely significant.

“We see broken arms, broken legs, strains, bumps and bruises.

Dr Wilson also revealed that, last year, approximately 42 per cent of children injured using play equipment were as a result of trampoline injuries at home.

He continued: “I think it is important that when allowing children to play on a trampoline they follow a few simple rules which will go a long way to preventing injuries.

“This safety guide covers a range of safety tips and simple rules that, if followed, will allow children hours of safe fun on their trampoline.

“Simple things like ensuring the trampoline is on soft ground and away from any hazards like trees, fences or washing poles – making playing on the trampoline so much safer”.

Now, safety information is being distributed across the NHSGGC region, delivered to schools, pre-five centres, GP surgeries, health centres and hospitals.

B&Q stores throughout the region have also agreed to provide the safety information to any customers buying a trampoline.

These guidelines have been developed with the help of parents and carers giving their own experiences – and in some cases their own children’s injuries.

They include advice on rules for trampoline use, what to consider before purchasing a trampoline. Where to place it and checks to make sure it’s safe.

Lesley Nish of Health Improvement Senior Accident Prevention, said: “Trampolines have been extremely popular over the last few years and more and more children have them in their gardens.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more children being hurt when playing on trampolines.

“Parents asked for the safety information and safety tips to ensure their children can enjoy their trampoline safely.

“With the support of ROSPA and B&Q, we hope to reduce the number of children being injured on trampolines at home”.