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Windstorms and tents can be a recipe for disaster. A strong gust is more than enough to send your carefully set up party tent flying, leaving its contents exposed to the elements and you scrambling to restore cover.
Don’t let mother nature carry you away. Try these practical tips, like ordering sandbags online, to help keep your tent firmly on the ground.
Not all tents are created equal; lower-quality tents use inferior materials and often suffer from structural issues. Heavier, high-quality tents made from steel or fiberglass are better able to withstand wind than lighter tents.
Depending on the tent you are using, it may come with stakes or ropes to help anchor it, while other pop-up tents may not come with anchors at all. Either way, it can pay to be prepared by ordering sandbags with your online tent reservation. Sandbags provide much-needed support in bad weather or when you need to pitch your tent on hard surfaces like asphalt or concrete.
If your tent setup allows, choosing a vented top tent can help stabilize your structure during periods of heavier wind. With any place to escape, strong winds can easily pick up a tent; a vented top gives this air somewhere to go.
Event layout isn’t the only factor that should determine where your party tent goes. You also considered how elements like wind direction, terrain, and soil could affect the stability of your tent. The ideal tent location is level, with firm soil and some tree coverage. If you can’t find the perfect place to pitch your tent, you can gain additional support by ordering sandbags online when you reserve your tent.
This might sound straightforward enough, but many tents end up on the wrong side up simply because users fail to read the assembly instructions. To ensure the stability of your tent, follow manufacturer assembly recommendations and use the right tools and equipment.
Some styles of party tents include optional sidewalls. However, if you are setting up one of these tents in windy conditions, consider removing or not using sidewalls. While great for shade or added privacy, sidewalls also catch the wind; a strong gust might be all it takes to tumble your tent.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, conditions may require that you take down a popup-style canopy tent. These structures, while convenient, are light and can be dangerous in situations where wind speeds exceed 60 kilometers an hour.
We’ve covered wind, but what about snow? Wind and snow often go hand-in-hand. However, that doesn’t mean you can safely take your party outdoors, even during the winter. While most outdoor party tents are not structurally rated to carry the weight of heavy snow, you can help prevent snow accumulation by keeping your party tent heated. Not only will heating your tent to a comfortable temperature keep guests happy, but the rising heat will cause snow to melt before it can start piling up.
Renting a tent heater, is not in the budget? While body heat alone won’t prevent snow from accumulating or guests from feeling the chill, you can keep your tent safe by brushing snow off with a broom as it collects.