Pop up gazebos are versatile, convenient, and durable enough to last for years. But gazebos that are left unattended, or left to stand without proper ballast, can sometimes present a safety hazard for children and adults alike.
For parents who own pop up gazebos, that making sure the gazebo is secure enough to avoid injury is not an overly complicated matter. Meanwhile, it’s a task that’s absolutely necessary.
Pop up Gazebo Safety Basics
In most cases, pop up gazebos are at their least safe at their very top and their very bottom. It is quite dangerous when the rainwater and trash that accumulated in the roof top suddenly fall off. At the other end, gazebos that are not securely fastened may run the risk of toppling over.
Make sure your pop up gazebo is kept clear of debris at the top, and use proper weight bags or other ballast to keep it rooted firmly in place. Obviously, do not leave small children unsupervised around its frame. Securely fasten all sidewalls, valences and headbands to make sure children cannot tear them loose. When standing the gazebo on uneven ground, make sure weight bags are used wherever the gazebo frame wobbles or tilts.
Although pop up gazebo frames are made from durable aluminum and steel, children should not hang from frame or truss bars, which can result in bending or twisting. Pop up gazebos tarps and sail shades are not toys and shouldn’t be used to make tents, forts, or for other playtime construction projects.
Pop up Gazebo Safety around the Pool and Patio
Prevent your gazebo from falling into the swimming pool by using weight bags to secure it firmly in place. Additional weight plates that affix to the gazebo legs will help the weight bags exert maximum pressure on its frame, increasing stability. Pop up gazebo tarps that fall into the pool present a potential safety hazard, so remove it from the pool as soon as possible.
Shade sails hang beautifully over patios, but make sure children don’t hang from its material or from its support cables. Besides the risk of falling, collapsing shade sails can block children’s eyesight and trip them up. The child’s weight can also distort or strain the cables, making the gazebo sag and bulge out of place.
Other Safety Tips
Pop up gazebo frames with adjustable legs often use a telescoping mechanism that works much like the legs of a camera tripod. Though simple and convenient, its pinch-and-release operation can pinch small and uncoordinated fingers.
Cleaning and maintaining the pop up gazebo is a great chance to spend time with your child while teaching them the values of preservation and cleanliness. Though children should remain supervised, setting up and taking down the gazebo is also a fun activity that parents can enjoy with their kids. Kids especially will relish the chance to “build” the gazebo, and to pack it away when it’s time to leave.