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Trampoline park dangers: Utah Co. Health Department investigates

UTAH COUNTY (ABC 4 Utah) - Trampoline parks are popping up all over Utah and, in Utah County, the Health Department may be stepping in to ensure they are safe.
UTAH COUNTY (ABC 4 Utah) - Trampoline parks are popping up all over Utah and, in Utah County, the Health Department may be stepping in to ensure they are safe.

You've got your backyard trampolines and your professional grade trampolines you can find at gymnastic studios. Add them together and you've got a dangerous combination.

The trampoline parks offer kids of all ages the chance to jump around on professional grade trampolines with no experience necessary and people are getting hurt.

Utah County Health Department Director Dr. Joseph Miner told ABC 4 Utah, “The emergency department at Utah Valley said there’s an average of one emergency transportation, with an ambulance, a week.”

The trampoline companies say they’re safer than other sports, but doctors are telling the health department the injuries are much more severe.

"The emergency department has showed us many x-rays of horribly fractured extremities, broken necks,” said Dr. Miner.

The new requirements would mean the trampoline parks would have to report all of their injuries to the health department.

It would also mean every company would have to enforce safety rules, like only one jumper on a trampoline at a time. It's something many trampoline owners say they do, but our investigation of one trampoline gym showed that's not happening. Big kids are jumping right alongside little kids.

It's how 6-year-old Anthony Fillerup got hurt. "I was like bouncing, got too high and snapped my arm. It really hurt."

The new regulations would also mean companies explain to the customer the rules and the dangers to jumping; also something that wasn't done during our undercover investigation.

"Any safety issues that they need to know about?" asked our producer. “No, we have people out there making sure someone doesn't do anything stupid or wrong."

Our cameras showed no one was watching, and that's one reason why the health department may soon be watching them.

The Utah County Health Department doesn't expect any resistance from the trampoline parks because they say they already enforce these rules.

Once the board finalizes their law the public will have a chance to weigh in. That could come as early as September.
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