More States are Working Towards Legislation to Regulate Trampoline Parks
Updated: Jan 14
IS YOUR STATE ON THE LIST AND WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
Having worked in the amusement industry for more than a decade, we have seen the exponential rise in the number of trampoline parks worldwide. Going from just 40 parks in 2013 to over 1,000 worldwide today, it would make sense that reported injuries would rise as well. Last year the CPSC released a report stating emergency room visits caused by trampoline park injuries have shot up from 2,500 in 2013 to almost 18,000 in 2017. This kind of information creates concern for lawmakers and more states are looking to impose regulations to address operational and safety concerns.
The International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP) believes that legislative initiatives and lobbying efforts are necessary to ensure the long term success of the indoor trampoline park industry. Because of this, they support regulations requiring trampoline parks to adhere to industry design, manufacturing, operation, maintenance, and inspection standards, and that by 2021, its members will be required to pass third-party inspections. (See list of states below with current regulations or potential legislation.)
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With new laws being enacted or current state laws that regulate amusement parks and attractions being modified to include language for trampoline courts, it is critical that you are aware of the requirements of your state.
Proposed 2020 - WISCONSIN: After his daughter fractured her leg at a local park, a Wisconsin lawmaker proposed a change to state law that would regulate trampoline parks. Some of the things he is proposing in the regulations include keeping an injury log, requirement to have an annual inspection, and that you have to have a minimum of one person on shift who is able to perform CPR or first-aid when there is an injury. The senator's frustrations centered around not just the lack of regulations, he said, but also the lack of information available. Larson said he had signed waivers for his kids but when he later asked to get copies of the disclaimers, it “took quite a bit of effort.”
2019 - NEW YORK: In December 2019, Governor Cuomo signed legislation into law that will regulate safety procedures and strengthen guidelines for commercial trampoline parks. This new law will require updated compliance with national industry standards, trampoline park employee training, reporting of injuries and an emergency response plan. https://legislation.nysenate.gov/pdf/bills/2019/A7250B
2019 - UTAH: Utah. Rep. Norm Thurston introduced a bill titled "Trampoline Park Safety Standards” in early 2019, which was later signed into law. HB150 spells out the way parks would be responsible to train their employees and also supervise jumpers. It also identifies industry safety standards with which a trampoline park must comply, including reporting injuries to state regulators and having insurance. https://le.utah.gov/~2019/bills/static/HB0150.html
2019 - COLORADO: The new regulations are requiring the same oversight and standards for trampoline courts and aerial adventure parks that have long been required of amusement parks, carnivals, fairs, festivals and other family entertainment centers that provide mechanical rides and devices. Trampoline courts and aerial adventure parks will now be required to have an annual registration to ensure they have received a third-party inspection and have secured necessary insurance coverage prior to operation. Regulations also call for these businesses to regularly notify the Division of Oil and Public Safety when any reportable injuries occur. https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/atoms/files/AmusementRegulations071519.pdf
2016 - LOUSIANNA: http://sfm.dps.louisiana.gov/doc/Amusement_Rides_Safety_Law.pdf
2014 - MICHIGAN: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-Act-11-of-2014
2014 - ARIZONA: https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/51leg/2r/bills/hb2179h.pdf
Added to Existing Regulations: PENNSYLVANIA: https://www.agriculture.pa.gov
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