How to Secure a Trampoline for High Winds
Because trampolines have a large surface area they are particularly susceptible to flying away in high winds. As an example trampolines can become airborne and become entangled in power lines creating a very dangerous situation that could've been easily prevented. Storms come and go at random, and if you haven't prepared prior to a storm then its usually too late!
This guide outlines the steps we recommend taking to secure your trampoline down and reduce the chance of the worst happening to you. Prevention is always the best form of protection. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.
What are we trying to avoid?
This is a picture of a trampoline that wasn't secured correctly and went airborne on the first windy day. Obviously, we don't want this happening to you! So, scroll through and follow our quick tutorial to save your trampoline from the next high winds that come through your backyard.
- A trampoline wind anchor kit (recommended). These kits are specifically designed for securing trampolines.
- If you don't have one of these follow the link above. Or, you can buy 4 star pickets and 4 ratchet straps to suit (just make sure what you find is suitable).
- A metal sledgehammer
- A tape measure is recommended but, not necessary
- Measure about 35cm out from the inside of your leg
- Hammer the picket into the ground on a 60-degree angle
- Keep hammering until the top is about 5-6cm from the ground
- Once the picket is firmly into the ground, fit the yellow cap
- Wrap the strap around the upper frame ring (where the springs attach)
- Insert the 'A' end through the 'B' end of the strap
- Hook the 'hook' end of the ratchet through the star picket
- Get the other end you just looped around the frame and thread the 'A' end through the ratchet
- Tighten the ratchet until the strap is under tension (make sure you don't over-tighten it)
- Repeat this 3 times and you're done
Often people will secure the trampoline with railway sleepers or concrete over the trampoline legs, this may hold the trampoline in many cases but all too often the trampoline will break away from the legs and fly away. If you anchor the base of the legs it also puts more strain on the frame leg joints, this is because the "stress" of the jump is taken out through to the frame and sometimes the slight movement helps dissipates this. By securing from the top of the frame you are supporting it at the strongest anchor point.
Note: this will certainly hold in many of the high winds you are likely to encounter, but extreme weather conditions will challenge anything! If your frame has any bolts or screws holding the frame and or the legs together then we also suggest that you regularly check these that they are all there and secure. This will also keep your trampoline strong and more likely to hold up to high winds. When known winds are coming, ensure any objects that could fly into your trampoline and damage it are secure as well. Overhead tree branches also do a lot of damage to trampolines! There are no guarantees of what can happen in high winds but we have heard insurance companies are more likely to be obliged to cover if you have a suitable policy.
Web and Warehouse do not guarantee that the this will fully prevent the trampoline from moving under all weather conditions.