Canopies are very popular for weddings and other events held outdoors. They provide shade and protection from the elements, they're easy to set up and take down, they can be customized with lighting or decorations so they look great, and they're relatively inexpensive compared to traditional tent rentals. However, not all canopies are created equal. If you're thinking about renting a canopy for your next event, make sure that yours meets these 5 safety tips!

Using the right tent or canopy for your event.

As you begin to plan your event, there are several factors to consider when choosing the right tent or canopy. The first step is determining the size that best fits your needs. You want to be sure there is enough room to comfortably seat your guests as well as hold other things like a DJ booth, buffet table or dance floor. 

Staking the tent to the ground correctly.

Staking a tent to the ground is essential to keeping it stable and safe, so it's important that you stake your tent correctly. If your tent is not anchored correctly, it can blow away in the wind or collapse from a light breeze. Additionally, if your stakes are not in the right places and/or aren't used correctly, they can damage your tent fabric and/or rip through the ground as you try to remove them later on.

We recommend using a mallet or hammer when pounding in stakes. Make sure all of your pegs have gone all the way through both sides of each leg by putting pressure on top with both hands while pushing down gently on one side with one foot at a time until they're completely flush against either side of each leg.

Targeting tent placement and set-up appropriately.

If you want your tent to last, it's important to target your placement and set-up appropriately. Be sure that the tent is placed in a clear area. When setting up any tent, make sure you have enough space for the tent. This includes having plenty of room at the sides and back so that no one will trip over any cords or poles when entering or leaving.  Avoid areas with trees, power lines, or other obstructions nearby.It goes without saying but: be careful of heat sources like fire pits and grills! 

Assembly, disassembly, maintenance and storage of your tent.

After each use, make sure to clean the tent and its accessories. When storing your tent, ensure that it is in a dry place and away from direct sunlight. Store it in a well-ventilated area (preferably with some air circulation) so that mold does not develop over time. The best place for storage is an unheated garage or storage unit with moderate temperatures—not too hot or cold.

Canopies can be fun, but think safety first! If you’re planning to host an event and make use of a party tent, these tips and tricks should help you have a safe and successful party with your canopy or tent. 

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