How To Secure A Trampoline
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Trampolines have grown in popularity in the past few years and although they mostly come with a safety net surrounding them, they can still be dangerous.
The safety net is all well and good for keeping your children safely inside the trampoline and stopping them from falling out onto the ground below but what if the trampoline was to tip over while your child was playing on it?
Securing your trampoline to the ground has many benefits including adding some extra safety for your children.
- Protects your children
- Protects your property
- Protects your neighbors property
- Prevents damage to your trampoline
- Prevents theft
A secured trampoline will not get blown about in high winds causing damage to property and becoming a hazard to drivers.
Trampolines have always been notorious for causing injury, people bounce right off onto the hard ground below and often a bone is broken, other injuries are caused when people trap their feet into the gap between the elastic ropes and the frame of the trampoline.
Things have improved these days in trampoline production and they are a lot safer than they once were, net cages now surround 90% of all modern trampolines and there is now a soft but sturdy covering to fill that gap that so many people got stuck in.
Safety is vitally important when building your trampoline especially when you realise that it is your own children or grandchildren who will be the main users of it, it is very important that when you are building yours that you follow the instruction manual to the letter.
Although all trampolines come with instructions on how to build them it never ceases to amaze me that they do not show you how to secure your trampoline to the ground.
A few words in the manual saying once you have built your trampoline please ensure that you have secured it to the ground, is just not good enough.
The Trampoline has Landed
How To Anchor Your Trampoline
Apart from ensuring the safety of your children and of course yourself, don't try to say you won't be trying it out, anchoring your trampoline will prevent thieves from trying to steal it.
A trampoline can cause severe structural damage in high winds and blow onto roads causing a hazard to drivers which could leave you out of pocket by a lot of money or responsible for a serious accident.
Securing Your Trampoline
When you do buy a trampoline you should also invest in a bag of concrete or cement, you should also invest in at least two decent ground anchors.
- Dig out the holes for your ground anchors around 1-1.5 feet deep
- Mix Up your cement or concrete and fill in the holes.
- While the cement/concrete is still wet, put in your ground anchor bases.
- Secure your trampoline to the anchors either through the legs of the trampoline or with chains tied around the trampoline's legs.
Do not let your children play on or near the trampoline until the concrete/cement has dried and the trampoline is fully secured to the ground.