Trampolines can provide a fun way to get exercise. But used unsafely, they can also cause injury and damage to property. The American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons reports that more than 200,000 trampoline injuries occur each year in the United States. Most of those who suffer injury are children 14 and younger. During wind and storms, trampolines have also flown into cars and buildings, causing significant damage. However, you can protect your family and home by safely securing your trampoline to the ground.
Place your trampoline where you plan to use it. Pick an area with at least 5 feet of space between all of the trampoline edges and any buildings, fences or cars.
Determine the position for the corkscrew anchors. Locate four positions about a foot away from the trampoline at each of its sides. Use the measuring tape to ensure that each of these positions is 1 foot away from the trampoline.
Mark each of these positions with a marking peg. You can substitute sticks or pencils.
Insert the first corkscrew anchor into the ground. Remove one of the marking pegs and in its place, begin screwing one of the corkscrew anchors into the ground. If necessary, use the shovel to break open the ground before inserting the anchor. Repeat this step for the three remaining anchors.
Decide whether to use rope to anchor your trampoline, and take the measuring tape and measure off four 2-foot long sections of rope. Then use the scissors to cut the rope.
Tie the first anchor to the trampoline. Take one of the sections of rope (or bungee cords) and affix it to the corkscrew anchor. If using rope, tie a double knot. Then affix the other end of the rope or bungee cord to the frame of the trampoline (also using a double knot). Pull the rope taut before tying it to the trampoline's frame. Repeat this step for the three remaining anchors.
Cut the frayed ends of the rope. If you used rope to anchor your trampoline, trim away excess portions of the rope from the knots. Leave about 2 inches on each end of the ropes to prevent slippage.
You can buy commercially manufactured trampoline anchor kits. These kits might still require tools for installation. You can find rope, corkscrew anchors and bungee cords at a hardware store.
Depending on the size of your trampoline and who will use it (children or adults), use rope strong enough to hold it in place.