Ziplining is one of the outdoor activities that is greatly rising in popularity across the globe with many tourist destinations investing highly on constructing the infrastructure. A zip line in a lay mans language; is a system using a cable that has one end higher than the other and goods or humans are slid through the cable using gravity as a source of acceleration from top to bottom. Ziplining offers some of the biggest thrills any outdoor activity has to offer.

Ziplining does have some risk attached to them though unheard of, there are times where danger will lurk, and if not prepared, we may become casualties. The pressure has cropped up if you are checking this article. Here are some of the things to look out for before participating in the activity.

PERSONAL SAFETY

These pieces of equipment will include helmets, harnesses lanyards, carabineers trolleys, gloves, and most importantly, the pulleys. We are all looking to have fun when indulging in these activities, and the last thing we want is to have is an injury. It is very import that we do inspect these pieces of equipment for fractures wear and tear and how they function. Helmets for examples ay have been dropped or even been hit by branches and trunks as other people were sliding down, pulleys and gloves will wear over time with due to continued use and may pose a very high risk. Always make sure that you check your equipment.

OPERATORS

A zip line operator is an individual who you trust with your life to give you an experience of a lifetime, and their actions will determine if the experience is phenomenal or disaster. It has been discovered that the operator mostly causes zip line equipment and injuries.  Some of the common mistakes include releasing a rider before the lines are cleared, improper checks of the harnesses and attachments, and miscommunication between zip line operators. Knowing that the operator is experienced and trained is to some level very relaxing, allowing you to have the full experience with confidence.

REGULAR MAINTENANCE

Any engineered equipment needs to be regularly maintained; otherwise, catastrophe is bound to happen. In the zip lining business, this could be quite dangerous as these lines are quite high in the sky, some extending to the level of a few thousand feet above the ground. Some of the components that will need casual inspections include: the cable for broken wire, reduced diameter or rust, the pulleys for structural integrity or fractures, harnesses for tear and strength. You, as a participant, may not be able to inspect all these. Instead, you may request for proof of maintenance, and you may evaluate the condition of these components for safety. If you are not confident with components provided you are allowed to request for a replacement

 DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

Depending on size and location, zipline design will vary. Though no solid regulations are overseeing the standard engineering practices used in the design, it is important to know commercial zip lines restricted to a few hundred feet will use wooden poles and steel wires secured by steel bolts. Larger built zip lines will conventionally use steel poles and concrete structures. You should also take into consideration other factors like weather, path clearance, and zip support.

Fun without safety is not fun at all. Don’t let your safety be compromised in the name of fun. Always have a look at these factors before you harness yourself or your child, and have fun in the right way, stress-free.