Flip Out Somerset on Chelston Business Park, Wellington, has responded to concerns raised nationally about the safety of trampoline parks following reports of nearly 2,000 incidents across the country in 2017 resulting in hospital treatment. More than 300 ambulances were called to trampoline parks in the UK in a year, according to figures made public by the BBC.
Ozzy Flowers, Business Development and Marketing Manager at Flip Out Somerset, said, “In any form of physical activity there is a relative level of risk. Trampoline parks are no different. In fact, the risks involved are often much lower than in other competitive sports such as rugby. We as a trampoline park consider safety as our number one priority, before providing family friendly fun and supporting our local community.
“Since our opening in October we have seen around 80,000 visitors through our doors. The overwhelming majority of these visitors leave without injury. It is only a very small number of cases that require further medical attention.
“We attribute this to a number of reasons. Firstly, as a centre we have conducted numerous risk assessments and control measures that are frequently audited to ensure the park operates as safely as possible. Furthermore, we have a mandatory safety briefing video which clearly outlines all the rules. These rules are further reinforced by signs dotted around the arena and our court monitor team. On top of this nearly all of our staff are trained first aiders, meaning if an incident does occur, the individual involved receives appropriate medical care.
“All things considered we feel Flip Out Somerset is a fantastic asset to the local community. Trampolining is an enjoyable and accessible form of exercise for all ages. We as an entertainment provider consider it especially important in the digital age to ensure that young people have a physical outlet they enjoy. At Flip Out Somerset we feel proud to be able to offer this, in a safe environment that families can enjoy together.”
Following the recent boom in trampoline parks a voluntary safety standard was launched in 2017 by members of the International Association of Trampoline Parks UK (IATP UK), British Standards and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). But it is estimated that only half of trampoline park organisations are members of the IATP UK. Peter Brown, chairman of the IATP, said: “The only way [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.”
Flip Out centres are currently in negotiations with the IATP but are not members.