Hammocks are all fun and safe lazy lounging until you fell off one and sustain an injury. You can avoid this by hanging it correctly.
If you thought that hammocks were all fun and lazy lounging, these two incidences could change your mind.
13-year-old Peri Sagun from Des Moines died after a brick hit her on the head while jumping into a hammock. One end of the non-spreader hammock was tied to a tree while the other was fastened on to a brick post. One of the bricks collapsed, hitting the teenager on the head.
In another incident, a tourist was hit and sustained head injuries when a hammock fell from a residential building to the ground. Luckily, the head injury was not life threatening, but still, that was not what she expected when she went on a tour of New York.
Those are only two of numerous accidents that happen on the daily.
While hammocks are a lot of fun, they can also be the source of distress if installed improperly.
This is how you can ensure your hammock’s safety.
Check Before You Hang
Naturally, you will expect the hammock to be in excellent shape, seeing as it is spanking new. However, you should not trust the manufacturer blindly. Check to be sure that there are o tears on the material and that the ropes are in the best shape.
Use The Gear That Comes With the Hammock
If the hammock came with ropes and stands, it would serve you best to use those default items instead of getting different ones. Why is that? Because the manufacturer will only use the right gear for that particular model. If the package does not include hanging equipment, buy it from credible sources. You do not want to pinch pennies here. Ensure that you have webbing straps to prevent the tree’s bark from giving way.
When roping the hammock, attempt to achieve a 30-degree angle so that it reduces the load strain when you finally climb in.
Only The Right Tree Will Do
If you choose to hang your hammock on a tree, go for the sturdiest. Always avoid dead trees, as you do not know how they will fair under your weight. Additionally, you want to avoid the kind that bends when subjected to weight. You also want to look up and see whether there are any falling objects such as rocks or dead branches.
Be Mindful of Distance
First, you want to put a reasonable distance between the trees, at least 12-15 feet apart. You also want the hammock to be between 12 and 18 inches above the ground. Your feet should touch the ground comfortably when you sit on the hammock. This distance prevents you from hitting the ground when you lay on it. This calculator could help with the hang.
Clear Any Debris
If the worst happens and you fall smack off the hammock, you will be better off landing on the hard ground than on rocks. Clear anything that could cause injury before you get on board.
Stay Within The Set Limit
Do not be a rebel and test the load capacity if you are clearly above what the manufacturer has stipulated. If the hammock can handle a 150lb load limit, stick with that.
Do Not Jump In
Well, don’t we all want to hop into a hammock? It is not advisable. Sit down in the middle of the hammock first, and then swing your legs to fit the rest of your body.
Hammocks are perfectly safe, but only if you set them up correctly. Enjoy the hammock life!