Taking a trampoline down or using a corkscrew anchor system is the best way to secure it before a storm or hurricane. To prevent trampolines from blowing away, the frames of trampolines are anchored to the ground. Sandbags or U-shaped anchors must still be used to secure the top of the frame to the ground.
Trampolines can act as giant sails during high winds, which is why it is essential to secure them before such conditions arise. During a storm, high winds, or a hurricane, it is important to consider the following factors before you secure your trampoline. In doing so, you will be ensuring that your trampoline is safe, as well as the safety of your family members and your neighbors. Let’s talk about how to secure trampoline in wind.
How to Secure Trampoline in Wind?
A backyard trampoline can be safely secured in four main ways depending on the direction of the wind. The wind might have been caused by a storm, a cyclone, or a hurricane.
- Use U-Shaped anchors (wind stakes)
- Use corkscrew anchors (augers)
- Use sandbags
- Take the trampoline down or remove it
Use U-Shaped anchors (wind stakes)
The trampoline should be safe from winds up to 40mph with this anchor. It depends on where your trampoline is located and the type of soil into which you are anchoring it.
Over the base of the trampoline legs, the U-shaped anchors are pushed into the ground with the tip of the anchor resting on the ground.
Their main advantage is that they are relatively inexpensive and suitable for an environment with light-moderate wind speeds. If you live in a windy area or get storms, wild weather, or hurricanes, I wouldn’t recommend them.
The trampoline will also be protected from your children’s constant bouncing around, so there will be no more accidents.
Use corkscrew anchors (augers)
In most cases, corkscrew anchors will hold trampolines in place well during high winds or even hurricanes. This is because most types of soil respond well to corkscrew anchors. Most of the time, this should be able to hold trampolines in winds between 60mph and 100mph, depending on the type of soil.
I recommend getting these at least 16″ – 20″ long if you want peace of mind. In sand, however, they do not work well, as they lift out straight from the ground. Your trampoline will require a pack of 4 if it is to be used regularly.
These anchors have the advantage of having a strong hold on the ground, so they cannot simply be lifted.
Similarly, they create a channel that is difficult to lift, much like a screw. It is similar to the difference between a nail and a screw. The end of a hammer can be used to pull a nail out. Nevertheless, if you want to remove a screw, you have to unscrew it; you can’t just pull it out like you can with a bolt.
Corkscrew anchors are designed so that, even if they are lifted straight by the wind, they cannot be unscrewed.
Moreover, a good corkscrew anchor will also come with a tie-down strap that allows the anchor to be secured to the ground. As well as holding the top of the frame, this holds the bottom of the feet. It means that the top of the trampoline is less likely to come off of the legs of the trampoline when it is in use.
Trampoline legs can be held in place by using sandbags to hold them in place. Different anchors can be used independently or in conjunction with other anchors.
The advantage of using them as a base for a trampoline is that they add much more weight to the trampoline.
A typical sandbag weighs between 35 and 40 pounds. A significant amount of wind is required to blow the trampoline away, which means that the wind needs to be stronger than usual.
During heavy winds, keeping a close eye on the top of your trampoline is a good idea since it can sometimes come apart from the legs when there is much wind.
The ability of the sandbag to hold down the legs of the chair is one of the reasons it is so effective. The wind than the trampoline itself can blow a trampoline mat’s sail more effectively. The bolts on your trampoline can snap off if they are loose or are starting to deteriorate, resulting in the top of the trampoline flying away.
Take The Trampoline Down or Remove It
The best way to prevent a trampoline from being blown away is to ensure that it is not loose in the yard at all times. Whether or not you have a barn, you may be able to move it there.
The trampoline can also be taken down if you wish. When the wind speed is expected to exceed 60 mph or if your anchors are set in sandy soil, and you expect winds above 60 mph, you should strongly consider taking the trampoline down. This is cyclone territory, and it can be unpredictable.
Do not store the trampoline sideways in the yard. Wind will blow it around if you do that.
Taking down a trampoline every time there is a strong wind or even moving it around the yard can be a big job, especially if you have a big yard. You might even be out of the house or away on vacation for a short period. Other more permanent options such as anchoring are worth investigating as well.
What Wind Speed Will Lift a Trampoline?
A 10-20mph wind speed is sufficient for a trampoline to be moved a few feet when the wind lifts it and causes it to move. When the wind blows at a speed of 50-60mph, the trampoline will be lifted in the air and tossed sideways by the wind. The trampoline can also fly up into the air by a strong gust of wind exceeding 60mph.
I’m a 40-year-old Trampoline Enthusiast from the USA who has been researching trampoline and its benefits for the past 5 years. My main focus is to provide you with the best information possible about trampolines so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not this is a suitable activity for you and your kids. Also, I’m reviewing trampolines for different categories, for instance, toddlers, kids, adults, heavy adults, and seniors.