Securing your event tent in case of extreme weather
Tent safety in Denver
No matter the season, safety must come first when planning your outdoor events all over Colorado. Today we bring you tips that are helpful in case inclement weather condition threaten your holiday parties or other events you may have during the winter.
Understanding the effects of inclement weather on tents
Extreme weather condition can jeopardize the tent’s safety, therefore, your guests security. Each element poses different risks. Let’s review them so you can act on time and focus on enjoying and relaxing, whatever the winter weather may bring.
Shade structures such as pop-up tents & party canopies are not manufactured to withstand heavy snow. For this reason, we recommend you take down tents in a strong snowstorm. Guests should be evacuated and moved inside. A heavy snow load may cause the tent to collapse.
Accumulated rainwater can add extra weight to the tent fabric and trigger it to sag. Depending on the resistance of the material of your tent, excessive weight of water can cause tears. This is why we recommend you buy only the highest quality canvas or vinyl for your text structures. Heavy rains may also cause poles, pole plates, and base plates to sink into the soil. Furthermore, if the soil gets saturated with water, the stakes can lose their holding power. Losing tension from the stakes will cause poles to become unstable, thereby making the structure harmful. If strong rains are forecasted, try to place your tent over solid ground, like cement, rather than grass or soil.
Wind and wind with rain, can cause stress on your tent and may loosen the ratchet assemblies, pulling stakes, or causing the poles to move or sink. We highly recommend to do regular upkeep checks and maintain correct tension on the tent top at all times, particularly threatens to cause cogs to loosen. Assign a person that does periodic rounds the whole time the tent is set up and even on the day of the event.
What to do in case of severe weather
In preparing for extreme weather, we advise that the tent is taken down, or the material is dropped to the ground to lower wind resistance. If the tent must stay up, there are a few things that can be done to prepare for winds and heavy rain.
- Add Anti-Sink Pole Plates: For pole tents, set all side poles and set center poles on anti-sink plates. These plates will increase the stability as wind forces are moved to the poles reducing the risk of poles sinking in soft or disturbed soil or moving concrete.
- Tension the Tent: Tension each staking point and include extra stakes and stake plates at corner locations, lace lines, and secondary poles. Beware that significant rainfall can fill the soil and cause stakes to loosen and potentially fail when heavy winds are present.
- Remove the Sidewalls: When a high load of wind is expected, the absence of the sidewalls will decrease wind load pressures on the tent. A tent without sidewalls will allow the wind to travel through it and lower the possibilities of side poles being knocked out. This of course is not an option if the event is already set up under the text, but may help if you haven’t started the setup.
By following these safety tips, you will ensure your events will not only be a success, they will also be safe!