Backyard Safety Notes

Think twice before making your backyard an extreme sports zone -- Trampolines, skateboard ramps and half-pipes --
Kids in preschool through high school have discovered the thrill of bouncing, jumping, and flying through the air on wheels. Just about any kid will tell you trampolines and ramps are fun. the statistics however, are anything but.

There were 98,400 trampoline-related injuries in 2003. 70 percent involving children ages 5 to 14 according to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Children also suffer more than 50,000 skateboarding injuries each year, according to CPSC statistics. Because of the risks, skate ramps, half-pipes and trampolines can also have a wide-ranging effect on homeowners' insurance policies according to The Insurance Institute.

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