Safety

Nothing comes before it

Tree house safety is no joke. Whenever you decide to take on any tree house project, you are inuring some risk. However, with careful planning and precautions, the possibility of injury can be greatly reduced. Here are some tree house accessory tips to guide you through.

Hold on there
How many times have you even been in a situation where you just wish there was a place to grab on too? Many accidents occur because there is simply no handle where one should have been. Whenever you are above the ground without a harness, it’s impactive to keep your center of gravity stable and in check. Handles are especially prevalent when climbing stairs, rope nets and climbing walls. Installing handles requires no skill and should not be overlooked for even shorter heights.  Safety Padding Make sure to use larger RSS type screws to prevent any possibility of a rip-out. Another great and fun alternative is running a think manila rope down whatever climbing device you have, providing a place to hang on too the whole way up.

No Place to lay your Head
Let’s face it, kids can get quiet rambunctious in no time at all. When they go into play mode, there’s no speed limit to keep them in check. Running, skipping, jumping and rolling, it can make any parent bite their lower lip in apprehension of what crazy thing they’ll do next up in that tree house of theirs. Thankfully, for those low height and high traffic areas, there is a way to help protect unwanted face plants. Bumper pads definitely will aid in keeping kids safe when getting ready to go down that slide or fire poleTree house Railings with Code Spacing Usually made of vinyl and tough as nails, your kids will be feeling anything but when the playing gets tough.

Spindle Swindle
Whenever you build a deck for your house or commercial building, you need to follow building codes to make sure everything is safe. Shouldn’t you use those same safety standards for your tree house? Spindles are required to be no farther then 4″ away from one another and the rail must be at least 3 feet high. I recommend screwing the spindles on the inside of the rail to prevent them from getting kicked away and avoid having a step children can push off on. Mulch under a Tree house It’s important that rails be very sturdy as they are all that’s keep you from the ground below.

Don’t Forget the Mulch!
If you have been reading some of my other accessory pages, you should know that mulch is a particle safety precaution that requires little effort to put down and can stop many accidents from escalating in their tracks. Because mulch is so soft and spongy, it not only creates a safer tree house environment, it makes running and playing even more enjoyable without the worry of a trampled lawn. Many people have caught on, pick some up for your tree house today!

General Tree House Safety
It should go without saying, but if you skimp out on proper building practices, you run the risk of structural failure and severe injury. Don’t always trust what you read on-line, in books and even here! Go out and do your own research to obtain a unbiased outlook. Here are a few personal pointers I have in regards to your tree house. Trees need to grow and I cringe when I see large 2X10s bolted flush to a tree. Over the years, you risk either pushing the tree house apart or killing the tree. Use these specialized lag bolts to keep the beams away from the trunk to allow many years for the tree to grow. Always use screws and bolts for your tree house platform, never nails. Don’t forget at the end to go around and check everywhere for exposed nails and screws. If you’re looking for very specific tree house questions or a tree house builder, check out this company to help you through the process.