Hammock Safety 101: Tips and Tricks for Safe and Comfortable Hammocking

A colourful rainbow hammock with a Madera hammock stand.

Some of the most important aspects of owning a hammock is making sure that you are using it in a correct and safe way. We want our customers to enjoy their hammocks to the fullest and the first step to doing so is making sure to follow the instructions and look after your hammock correctly. This blog will go into detail about hammock safety so you can enjoy and make your hammock last for years to come.

We advise our customers to get to know their hammocks, so we have created a number of questions for you to learn a bit more about the composition of your hammock as well as how to correctly use and care for the materials.  

What is your hammock made of?

The primary role of a hammock is to be able to support the weight of whoever sits on it. We advise choosing a hammock that is made of sturdy materials. Before buying, check out the product specifications, we usually put all the material descriptions in the ‘description’ section of our products. Other questions you should ask yourself are, what is the material made of? Was it weight-tested? How much weight can it withstand? Will it easily burn? Knowing what your hammock is made from will help you take better care of it. The most common hammock materials include cotton, polyester, galvanized steel, EllTex, and wood. The ropes, carabiners, metal rings, and straps – and any additions that came with your hammock, use them, and never swap them for other support systems that aren’t made specifically for hammocks. These were all designed and tested to hold up the hammock.

Where should you hang your hammock?

Hammocks should be securely anchored either onto healthy, sturdy trees or a hammock stand designed for your hammock. Gravity is not your friend when it comes to hammocks. Before tying your hammock down, test out the support. Make sure there are no cracks or splinters that can break off, and in the case of using trees – make sure the tree won’t bend with the weight. The height of your hammock from the ground up should be no more than 18 inches. That area beneath your hammock? It should be cleared of anything that can potentially cause injury in case you or someone fall off the hammock. Things like sticks, leaves and stones need to be cleared to avoid any injury from tripping, slipping, or falling from the hammock. Ideally, hang your hammock away from a ledge or from a considerable height.

How to properly use the hammocks

Hammocks are designed to withstand a certain amount of weight, this information is given on the packaging and on our site, even having 2 adults in a single hammock runs the risk of the rope snapping or the support breaking off. Make sure that you know the capacity of the hammock that you bought. Never get in a hammock by jumping or hopping into it. The sudden pressure can cause the support to give way, this can harm you and the hammock. The proper way to do it is to sit first, then swing your feet up and onto the hammock. Maintenance and proper care of your hammock should also be done periodically. Inspect for any damages and if found, do the necessary steps to repair or replace it as needed. Our blog on how to clean your hammock can help too, click here.

These are just the basics when it comes to safety in hammocks, but if followed they can ensure that you and your family are swinging safely.

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