Guy ropes are an essential part of any camping holiday. They hold the tent in place and help keep your structure secure. However, they are also the cause of many of the most common camping holiday accidents.
What are the main dangers of guy ropes?
- Slips, trips and falls
Guy ropes are probably the most significant trip hazard on a campsite. Negotiating your way back to your tent can be extremely hazardous, especially in darkness. Some guy ropes stretch a long way away from the tent. Others go in a myriad of directions.
Suffering a trip or fall over a guy rope is extremely common. However, the consequences of this seemingly innocuous camping accident can be significantly serious.
Whilst most trips over guy ropes will result in bumps and bruises, they can also cause fractures, dislocations and serious head injuries.
- Bumps and bruises
As well as slips, trips and falls, guy ropes can cause serious bruising injuries in other ways. For example, extremely windy weather can cause them to fly out the ground. A stray guy rope smacking you in the arm or, more seriously, the face, can hurt. A lot.
Guy ropes can pose a significant strangulation hazard for children. What starts out as a game can all too easily develop into an extremely serious situation.
How can I minimise and eliminate the dangers of guy ropes?
- Make them easy to see
Modern camping accessories enable you to make your guy ropes reflective. This makes them easy to see in the dark and hugely reduces the chances of someone tripping over them. If you are walking through the campsite in the dark, carry a torch with you.
This not only will prevent you from tripping over a guy rope, but also from a number of other campsite accidents.
Children should never be left alone to put up a tent or use camping equipment. As well as guy ropes, there are poles, pegs, hammers and a host of other dangerous items.
Can I make a claim if I am injured in a campsite accident?
Accidents on campsites are a sure-fire way of ruining what should be a memorable trip away. Remember that you may be due holiday injury compensation.
If you’ve been hurt in a camping accident that wasn’t your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our expert advisors are standing by, so call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice