How to secure a trampoline?

How to secure a trampoline?

In one of our recent articles, we write about how much weight can trampoline hold and on which things you need to pay attention during purchase one for you and your family. Today almost every house has one and trampolines are a great source of fun and entertainment. According to some recent studies, a trampoline will help to incinerate more calories than other exercises but safety is very important. The main reason why you must secure your trampoline properly is to avoid any harm and injuries if you fall out, hit springs or frame. The other important reason is cost, and you cannot pay any type of damage to your trampoline very often.

Secure from winds?

Trampolines have a big surface and because of that, they can be blown away easily during the strong winds. Even if you place your trampoline in place in your backyard where you think it might be safe, you cannot bale that a storm won't carry it away anyway. If your trampoline flies away, he can get involved in the power lines and cause a huge problem. It's very hard to do anything when the tempest is already here so you must be prepared for that. Using the anchors or the wind pickets is probably the best solution in this case. Just take U-formed wind pickets and place them above the legs of the trampoline for a fast fix or you can sink the anchors directly under the frame. This can be done in a few minutes and your trampoline will be safe during strong winds. We will explain these methods step by step. 

Putting in wind pickets and installing auger-style anchors

U-formed wind pickets as their names say come into a narrow ''U'' shape. They are made of hard steel and usually comes in sets of four. All you need to do is to place them above the legs of the trampoline and drive them down. A packet of U-formed winds pickets will cost you around $15-20. Wind pickets are the simplest way to secure your trampoline but the anchor system holds even better. Put each picket above the leg of the trampoline and try to center them as best you can. The tines of U-formed wind pickets are spaced about 2–2.5 inches so it makes them suitable for almost every trampoline. The next step is to tap the pickets into the soil with the hammer. All pickets are made to be used on soft soils and surfaces like grass or clay. If the soil is too hard to lightly sink the pickets you should spray it with water until it gets softer. If you live in a state where winds can be very strong, you should consider two or even three sets of pickets. 

When we talk about auger-style anchors, you should get a trampoline anchor equipment. It contains four steel augers and four adaptive nylon belts. Put the augers into the soil on each side of the trampoline and tighten the belts to hold it in place from beneath. The standard kit will cost you around $40-50. For every method, you choose be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Other helpful ideas

When the weather is stormy even the good quality trampolines can be vulnerable. You might have strong walls around your garden but there is no guarantee that your trampoline will be safe. Damage can be huge, not only for you but for your neighbors too. Here are some additional tips on how to secure your trampoline. 

You can decompose the whole set up of the trampoline if the weather prognosis says that the storm is on its way. However, this is not that simple and you can't know how strong that storm will be. So to avoid risk and trouble we should look for other, probably better solutions. Maybe you can try to remove or lower the net after use. If you or your family didn't use the trampoline for some time, lower your safety net. The safety net acts like a sail, so the wind can easily take it off. Don't touch poles because it's more complicated to bring them back. Net, on the other hand, is easy to set up so go for it, without a net, the trampoline won't be blown away so lightly. Trampoline skirts can be another good solution in lessening the force of the wind that goes beneath the trampoline and lift him up. Skirts can play an important role in securing your trampoline. 

You can also try to protect your trampoline in your house or garage, but if he's too big for that you should consider some of the methods early mentioned. If you aren't keen on spending more money on skirts, anchors, or wind pickets you can go for an old school method, protect the trampoline with sandbags. Sandbags are weighty and therefore ideal to keep your trampoline in one place. 

Final thoughts

It's very important to secure the trampoline for your own safety and to prevent any damage on your or neighbors' property. Estitame the situation in your backyard and apply the right method. Some of them will be a solution to your problem.