Pole dancing can be a fun way to workout but many people take safety concerns too lightly. A common mentality might be to think that it is completely safe because it is mounted to the ceiling and floor, but this is simply just not the case.
The first thing you can do to ensure your pole is safe to use is to purchase a permanent pole.
Though a fixed type of pole is not usually portable, and some will say that it lacks in the convenience of portability. That being said, it makes up for in safety as it is the safest type of dance pole you can get. If you look at a fixed pole, you will see that the pole’s tubing is securely fitted inside flanges at both the top and the bottom which are mounted using 3 or 4 screws.
It is not enough to just set up your pole anywhere and start screwing the flanges, though. In order to safely install your permanent pole you must follow the instructions. The instructions will say, for example, to mount the ceiling flange to a ceiling joist which could also be referred to as a support beam, “stud”, or “2 by 4”.
It will also advise you to find a secure installation point to mount your floor flange, but you will need to carefully read the instructions as it will tell you exactly what you will need to do to locate it. If after reading the manual you still find the instructions unclear, do not take it upon yourself to guess, contact customer service; they will surely help you install your permanent pole successfully and safely.
What is a Permanent dance poles’ maximum weight limit?
One great reason to get a fixed dance pole is that they will usually have the highest weight limit of all the types. Since they are mounted with screws, making them permanently affixed onto the surface, they will be able to handle more force and weight than a portable type, for example. This makes permanent poles a great option for plus-sized women, or women concerned about their weight, as well as for anyone who desires the strongest and most secure setup.
It is important to note, however, that mounting a permanent pole is just one part of a whole system and that a weak part of a structure could lower the integrity of the system as a whole.
That is to say, just because you have mounted your pole according to the instructions does not mean that it will never break or bend. Some things that might compromise the sturdiness of your permanent pole include: the fact that some materials such as brass are softer than others such as stainless steel, some brands’ tubes are thinner than others, and if your ceilings are higher than normal. Even if your pole is bolted down, one of more of these factors combined can render your pole unsafe.
Safety and prevention from injuries
As stated above, you should never take your safety for granted, even if you’ve set up a permanent pole commonly considered the safest type of pole. Performing regular maintenance such as ensuring that there is no loosening or wear on the flanges and screws or checking whether your pole tubing is securely inside the flanges should be a priority and a responsibility. As long as you follow the instruction manual carefully and exercise within your pole’s as well as your own limits, all poles should be relatively safe.
Pole Safety Recap
- Make sure you are screwing the flanges in the correct spaces (secure floor and ceiling joists).
- Regularly check if screws and tubing in the flanges are secure and tighten if necessary.
- Check for loosening or wear regularly. Place damaged parts immediately.
- Ensure the materials such as tubing thickness and the material is of suitable quality.
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