Selecting A Zip Line Carefully

A zip line can provide a lot of fun for family and friends. However, you will want to make sure that you install it correctly and implement safety precautions.

Your family just returned from a trip to South America where you enjoyed riding the zip lines, snorkeling, hiking, and meeting the people. You had a wonderful time and you grew closer as a family.

As a result, you want to bring the memories home by installing your own zip line in your backyard. You know that a zip line in your own backyard will provide hours of fun for your children and their friends.

In addition, it seems like it would be very easy to construct. After all, you only need two solid anchor points, a handle, sturdy wire, and maybe a landing pad.

After doing some research online you have discovered that there a many different zip line kits that you can purchase and install. However, there are several things you will want to consider before you make a purchase.

The first thing you will need to consider is whether the kit you are looking at is made by a reliable company or not. With a zip line, you are trusting the company with the health and safety of your children.

Even though you will not make it too high so that they will not seriously hurt themselves, you should make sure that you can trust the company. You do not want the wire or handle to suddenly break causing your child, or another child, to fall in a weird manner and injure themselves.

The zip line in Mexico was a lot of fun and you want the one at home to be the same. A reliable company will have thoroughly tested their zip lines and will be able to provide certain assurances of a reliable performance.

Good kits will come with a safety certification. Reliable stores will be able to tell you what the best kind of wire to use is.

The second thing you should know concerning zip line kits is that you should always buy new. Even if there is a great deal on Craig’s List for a lightly used zip line, do not buy it.

You do not really want to trust your child’s safety to someone else’s judgment. It is safer to take the safety certification and the higher price of purchasing new.

Make sure you have a warranty when you make the purchase as well. If the company does not believe in its product, you should not believe in it either.

The third thing you should keep in mind is that different zip lines will be designed to carry different amounts of weight. Some are designed specifically for children and for child weight sizes.

Others are made to be able to handle adults and their weights. If you want one for the whole family, make sure it is designed to hold the right amount of weight.

In addition, it is important that you actually read the instructions when you are installing the zip line. If you install it in the wrong way, the line may snap because you distributed the weight incorrectly.

However, by reading the installation instructions and installing it correctly, you can rest assured that it will hold the amount of weight that it claims it can hold. A manufacturer only makes certain claims based on if the zip line is installed correctly.

Even if it is installed correctly, the posts seem sturdy, and the wire can hold way more than the amount of weight of your children, you should enforce a rule that the zip line can only be used when they are supervised by an adult. Children tend to get creative and try new things.

They may try to play on the zip line in a way that is unsafe or in which they will hurt themselves. In addition, it is never a good idea for someone to use the zip line alone, even you are doing it correctly.

If you hurt yourself, you will want someone to be able to help you. Besides, it is never fun to do something by yourself.

It is also a good idea to wear a hat or tie back long hair as it would be quite painful if it became stuck in the wheels. Clothing can also get caught if you are not careful, so make sure you are wearing appropriate clothing.

If you are worried about your children falling and hitting their head, invest in a good helmet and require them to wear it when using the zip line. As long as it is safely used, the zip line can be a very fun family tool.

Ronald Pedactor has worked in the tourism industry for 12 years and has written hundreds of articles relating to recreation and vacation spots, especially Cancun attractions.