‘Safety first’ is a saying that’s become synonymous with buckling up on the road. Nonetheless, it’s a mantra that ought to be at the forefront of your mind when you go shopping for a parasol – not just a car seat. The role of a parasol has more dimensions than a pretty face on your lawn – it actively protects people from rain, wind and hail, standing tough in the face of testing conditions. But what makes a genuinely safe umbrella? Are there special features you ought to be looking for? Here, we highlight the safety measures worth keeping in mind. The best base The base of a parasol is like a ship’s anchor: integral to the wellbeing of the structure, and how well you control it. Without a dependable, robust base, the parasol comes tumbling down – leading to large risk of damage and/or injury. That’s why you should always take your time to find nothing but the very best base for your parasol. Instashade experts can help you pick the most suitable option and perform the installation, be it semi-permanent or bolted directly onto the concrete. A sensible size “Can my garden comfortably accommodate this parasol?” This is the first question you ought to be asking yourself when flicking through the catalogues for outdoor shelter solutions. Any parasol that’s too big will cause chaos during set-up, dwarfing surroundings to the point where it becomes more of an albatross than an asset. On the other hand, a parasol that’s too small won’t cover the area it needs to. Be sure to measure the dimensions of your outdoor space beforehand so you can find an appropriately sized parasol. Ease of use The easier your parasol is to operate, the safer everyone will be. Any shelter with complex controls can cause confusion, leaving the user at risk until they’ve understood the working mechanism. Consider the ease of use of a parasol before you purchase – from assembly, to adjusting, to packing away. Quality and price When it comes to parasols, you should never scrimp on quality. You might be able to get away with a penny-pinching approach when buying snacks or cleaning products, but not with parasols. Trust us: the cheaper option is going to undo the longevity and dependability of your investment. Quality may come at a decent cost, but you can’t put a price on the wellbeing of your family, friends, staff or customers. And speaking of quality, there is no name closer to top-rate parasols than Instashade. Our high-end, dependable umbrellas are some of the very best on the market, designed specifically to stand strong so that you – and the company you keep – remain completely safe. Browse our range of superior garden parasols and feel free to get in touch with our team if you have any questions at all.