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Keeping Your Parasol Safe: The Essential Dos And Don’ts

Parasols are certain to add a touch of elegance to any outdoor area – but their high quality doesn’t exclude them from damage caused by potential hazards. This harm can affect not just your parasol, but possibly other exterior objects and areas too. Therefore, it’s imperative to minimise these risks.

Thankfully, we’re going to walk you through the dos and don’ts of keeping your parasol safe, taking a look at fire, wind and breakage hazards.

Fire hazards

Chilly days shouldn’t stop people from enjoying the great outdoors. Restaurants and pubs will often use patio heaters, which can be risky if the parasol is in close proximity. It’s a good idea to look at the manufacturer’s instructions and see if the parasol is flammable. Pubs who allow customers to smoke outside should also check this, and consider providing smoking bins and ashtrays too.

Another fire hazard is lighting. Although these accessories make a great addition to any parasol, electricity carries the risk of fire. You should ensure any energy-consuming products meet the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) standards, like our LED lighting does.

Wind hazards

Anyone who’s ever held up an umbrella knows the annoyance of the wind blowing it inside out, or breaking the hinges. Although parasols are more robust, strong winds can lift them out of their bases. It’s important to ensure the parasol has been securely placed – tilting it towards the wind can help resist unexpected gusts.
You can also use a parasol which is permanently installed into soil or a patio. We have a range of in-ground fitting parasols available on our website, as well as ones with base plates that can be bolted directly to concrete or decking. Our Nova parasol also has a wind rating of up to 80 km per hour. And, if you want added steadiness for the particularly breezy days, our stabilising bars can increase the wind resistance even further.

Breakage hazards

Depending on the manufacturer, there are ways a parasol could break, including torn fabric and bent poles. These breakage hazards can happen due to extreme weather, or perhaps if they’ve been badly cared for.

The best way to avoid these is to buy quality products. We have a range of parasols that are both water-repellent and UV-resistant, and using a cover bag will ensure protection when the parasol isn’t in use.
Choosing the right provider for your parasols is essential to keeping them safe; they need to be confident in the solutions they offer. We’re positive about the durability of our parasols – that’s why all our products include a minimum two-year warranty, so you can be confident in us too. To get in touch with our team, call us today on 01925 859960 or send a message to info@instashade.co.uk.

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