Storm Ciaran trampoline warning: Alert as Britons warned to batten down trampolines as huge storm hits

Trampoline in garden

Homeowners were given a trampoline warning

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 01/11/2023

- 16:53

Updated: 13/11/2023

- 18:01

Storm Ciaran is set to batter parts of the UK tonight and into Thursday

Severe weather warnings are in place for Storm Ciaran and homeowners have been urged to prepare their gardens.

Homeowners are encouraged to cover up their trampolines or even batten it down.

Experts shared advice on how to protect your trampoline and stop it from blowing away during severe weather.

"It may seem like this is enough to anchor it during high winds and thunderstorms.

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"But in fast enough winds (experts estimate 35-45mph to be the tipping point), all that weight doesn’t matter," experts at MaxAir Trampolines warned.

"That’s because the air that rushes beneath a trampoline during a storm will catch the mat and often lift (or launch) the whole contraption into the air."

The experts explained winds around 35-45mph could be enough to send a trampoline flying.

Wind speeds are expected to reach as high as 70 to 80mph during Storm Ciaran.

"Very strong winds are expected along southern coastal areas of England in particular.

"[Here] gusts of 70 to 80mph are possible, perhaps exceeding 85mph in a few exposed locations," Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Brent Walker said.

"Further inland, gusts could reach up to 50 or 60mph."

The trampoline experts suggested protecting trampolines by battening them down.

They said: "Most trampolines should include a set of anchors or tethers to tie your trampoline to the ground, a tree, or another stable object that wind is unlikely to shake.

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"If you don’t have a tether or anchor kit, they can be purchased separately."

Other methods to keep it safe include moving the trampoline to a more sheltered area and taking off particularly dangerous parts.

This comes as Storm Ciaran has already wreaked havoc across the country.

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