Trampoline safety bill requires Ariz. parks to insure injury

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By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman
By Matthew Seeman By Matthew Seeman

PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed has signed into law Wednesday a bill requiring trampoline parks to insure themselves against bodily harm.

The popular parks have had little regulation in the way of liability, but the new law requires them to register with the Department of Fire, Building and Life Safety and show proof of at least $1 million in bodily injury insurance.

Before the bill passed, parents had to sign liability release waivers. They will still need to sign those waivers, though the language will change as more responsibility shifts to the parks.

There were 98,000 reported injuries in trampoline parks across the country last year. The bill was proposed in Arizona after Maureen Cerley said her son Ty died two years ago at one park from landing in a foam pit on his head. The pit was only two feet deep, far short of the six feet recommended by industry standards.

In an interview with 3TV from earlier this year, Cerley, said the bill would take a stand against shortcuts in safety that should be criminal.

"We’re seeking a law in Ty’s name to make sure that we safeguard our children," she said. "It’s our responsibility."