Safety Measures to Practice when Handling Rope

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It is important to carefully review all knots in a project, especially those holding objects or people, to avoid the risk of serious injury and damage.
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“40 Knots and How to Tie Them” by Lucy Davidson gives simple step by step instructions to tie knots and how to practice these new skills to create useful and decorative projects.

In40 Knots and How to Tie Them, Lucy Davidson shows readers the ropes on tying handy knots to use as a practical tool for everything from outdoor activities to arts and crafts. Davidson uses step-by-step instructions to teach readers knots essential for camping, climbing, and sailing, and shows readers how to practice these skills to create decorative projects. This book is a brilliant combination of impressive craftsmanship and clever designs, making it perfect for creative adventurers. The following excerpt is from the Introduction, “Safety Information.”

When working with rope you should always consider your own safety and that of others, so make sure you store the rope carefully and take good care of it. The strength of rope is compromised by a number of different factors, so it is important to be aware of them and take the necessary precautions.

  • Even creating the simplest knots can be hazardous. Please use the best quality rope you can afford — you will find that cheaper rope can leave you with abrasions and splinters that can be painful.
  • Try to keep your rope dry; if it gets too wet it can rot and become unsafe and unusable.
  • Keep your ropes away from chemicals that could cause rot or weakness. Store them safely, and when transporting them do not allow them to come in contact with any substance that might cause damage.
  • Both heat and cold can affect the composition of rope and its safety.
  • Keeping your ropes clean can extend their life, especially those that are exposed to salt water. Wash them regularly using detergent or rope cleaner, and dry them somewhere well ventilated, away from direct heat.
  • Ideally, always use a wooden post or pole to tie rope from; for safety reasons do not attach it to yourself in case you cause yourself harm.
  • Keep ropes tidy, as they can easily be tripped on; coiling ropes is good practice as this stops them from becoming tangled and will keep them from causing harm.
  • When creating any of the projects in the book that are designed to hold objects or people, make sure the item is thoroughly tested before use.

Caution: Tying knots with rope, as well as partaking in sports associated with this practice, can be dangerous and inherently includes the risk of serious injury and damage — especially when incorrectly handled, gripped, or tied. Carefully review each knot or project, and ensure you thoroughly understand the use of all tools, materials, and applications before use.

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From40 Knots and How to Tie Themby Lucy Davidson, Illustrated by Maria Nilsson. © Pavilion Book Company Ltd. 2017, published by Princeton Architectural Press. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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