Trampoline Wind Protection: Keep Your Trampoline Anchored
When storms hit there are frequent stories about trampolines ending up in the most unfortunate places. Horror stories have included trampolines landing in neighbours yards, dual carriageways and even train lines. One such event in 2017 caused the closure of trainlines in Nuneaton for several days.
Unfortunately, the structure of a trampoline is just like a giant sail. If the wind catches underneath the bounce mat, it will lift and pick it up. Depending on the strength of the wind there is no telling how far the wind might carry it away.
Smaller trampolines are at particular risk of being blown away. This is because 6ft to 8ft round trampolines may weigh as little as 40kg which is the same weight as a hang glider. Rectangular trampolines are slightly less at risk as they tend to be heavier due to using more steel in the frame structure.
Regardless of the size and shape of your trampoline it is a good idea to follow the trampoline wind protection tips below to prevent it from becoming airborne!
Trampoline Wind Protection Guide:
Solution 1: Putting the trampoline away in the garage
This is the best solution to prevent the trampoline from blowing away. If you see an extreme forecast for wind, simply completely take it down and put the parts in the garage.
However that's not always a practical solution - you may be caught off guard by the wind or may not have the time to rebuild it afterwards. In this case it's best to compromise take down the parts that will catch the wind - the netting and the bounce mat. Put these parts away safely for when the storm passes and ideally anchor the rest of the frame.
Solution 2: Tie to a tree with a rope
Use a suitable length of rope and tie the trampoline to a nearby strong tree. Ideally the rope will need to be tight enough to prevent the trampoline from moving.
Practically, however, everyone may not have access to a tree at a suitable distance so you will need to consider other options.
Solution 3: Trampoline Anchor Kits
A popular solution from preventing your trampoline from taking off is an anchor kit. The system makes use of pulleys which wrap around the frame and then attach to pegs which you bash into the ground. An advantage of this solution is that the kit is it can be left inserted permanently. It may not be practical to have a rope strewn across your garden and attached to the tree as the children may trip over it.
In times of particularly high winds the best thing to do if you want to keep the trampoline fully or partially assembled would be to combine the rope with an anchor kit and then add sandbags to weight the legs down.
Don't forget, trampolines can become dangerous in wind. Avoid damage to property or the trampoline itself and make sure you are prepared!
Trampolines can be a lot of fun for the whole family, but it's important to consider the trampoline wind protection steps outlined above to help protect your trampoline from the wind.
By following the tips in this article, you can help to ensure that your trampoline stays safe and sound, even in strong winds.
Here are a few additional things to keep in mind:
- If you live in an area with high winds, you may want to consider purchasing a trampoline that is specifically designed for wind resistance. These trampolines typically have heavier frames and stronger netting.
- When setting up your trampoline, be sure to choose a location that is sheltered from the wind. If possible, place the trampoline in a corner of your yard where it is protected by trees or other structures.
- Be sure to inspect your trampoline regularly for any damage. If you find any cracks or tears in the frame or netting, repair them immediately.
By taking these precautions, you can help to keep your family safe and enjoy your trampoline for years to come.