While owning a hammock is certainly an enjoyable and relaxing
experience, a few precautions should be taken to ensure that
hammock use is safe for all users. The following safety
information is provided for those who own a hammock or those
who are considering a hammock purchase in the future. It is
important that these guidelines, in conjunction with those
provided by the retailer or manufacturer, be carefully followed
so that one may avoid the risk of serious injury.
First, to assure proper hammock use and safety is necessary to
follow all instructions provided with the hammock. These
guidelines are recommended by the manufacturers and retailers
not only for your safety, but they will also extend the life
and enjoyment of the hammock. When hanging the hammock, for
instance, it is necessary that it be done properly. This means
that the hanging points for each end of the hammock should be
within the recommended minimum and maximum hanging distance
prescribed by the manufacturer. If the hammock is streached too
far between hanging points it will increase the likelihood that
tipping will occur. Likewise if the hammock is not streached far
enough, it will sag and you may hit the ground when you sit in it.
Secondly, it is important to hang the hammock in a secure location.
If a hammock stand is not used, the hammock should be fashioned to
structures that are able to support the weight of the hammock and
its occupant. Furthermore, much care should be given to make sure
that the hammock is properly tied or fastened tightly to the
structures so that it will not loosen or fall when you get in the
hammock. The hammock should never be fastened to an object that
has the potential to move.
Finally, and most importantly, you must remember that kids should
not be allowed to use the hammock while unsupervised. While
hammocks provide a fun means of relaxation for children, they do
provide a certain degree of danger. Children can become easily
entagled in hammock strings resulting in serious injuries such as
strangulation. Hammocks can become quite unsteady at times and
kids may not have the balance or coordination to enter or exit the
hammock without falling to the ground. There should also be no
horseplay in or around a hammock. To prevent these potential
problems from occuring it is imperative that children be attended
to at all times while using a hammock.