What To Check About The Safety On A Zip Line
When inspecting the safety on a zip line they have strung up, many people check nothing more than the zip line brake. While this is admittedly an important factor, it is not the only one to look at.
- First of all, you need to see if the chosen line can hold the weight of the heaviest rider. While a light person would be safe through the ride, the heavier ones might not.
- There is also the matter of the line’s length. Mainly it should stretch the whole distance between the points you intend as the start and finish of the run. In fact, it should be longer by a tenth than the distance on the ground, allowing for the requisite sag.
- Local safety laws need to be followed strictly. The instruments must be cleared by the relevant safety authority before bring set up. All the better if you have a professional inspect it as well.
See if the kit has a comeback line. The extra length of line is connected to the pulley block, which is usually utilized to tug this back into place. This line can be used to prepare the next rider quickly. Also, if a rider is going to carry a child, it’s important to find a kit that has one harness at a steep angle. This will maintain the drop caused by the sag, and keep the rid fun. Harnesses are a good safety option, which also provide a firm hold if the ropes loosen, or if there is no handlebar on the pulley block.
As said, it is not just enough to check the zip line brake. There are multiple other ways that things can go wrong, and all of the components need to be checked for safe performance. However, if the zip line brake is not fitted or functioning safely, do not let anyone get on the ride before that is fixed. This precaution should also hold for other parts, which may fail and result in a rider injuring him or her. The person setting up the ride on his or her property is responsible for the safety of anyone who makes use of it. Fun can be had, but that should be within measurable bounds of safety.
These are some of the things to keep in mind about setting up your zip line. Get the best equipment for all out enjoyment.