New trampoline park safety law takes effect

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Indoor trampoline parks are a great way for kids to burn off excess energy, especially during the hot summer months. But parents will be glad to hear that new safety guidelines are now in effect.

There have been growing concerns about safety over the past few years, especially after a 30-year-old man died at one Valley location two years ago.

In February 2012, 30-year-old Ty Thomasson jumped from a trampoline into a pit filled with foam blocks. It happened while he was jumping at the former SkyPark, a trampoline facility near 40th Street and Indian School Road. That facility is now called Jump City.

According to the Phoenix Fire Department, Thomasson broke his neck upon landing. He died at a hospital three days later.

Thomasson's family pushed hard to get new laws put in place. And now, on Thursday, Governor Jan Brewer is holding a ceremonial signing of House Bill 2179.

Brewer actually signed the bill into law in April, but the state's nine trampoline parks had 90 days to comply with the new requirements.

The law mandates that trampoline parks must now register with the Arizona Department of Fire Building and Life Safety, and show proof of a minimum $1 million bodily injury insurance.

The law also requires the department to keep a database of all trampoline courts. The agency is required to make available to the public a company's proof of insurance, emergency calls made to the business and inspection certificates.

The department could shut down any park that fails to meet these criteria.

Ty Thomasson's family is expected to speak out about the new law later in the day.