13 ncac 15 .0433             ANCHORAGE OR TIE-DOWN

(a)  All inflatable or air-supported amusement devices shall be anchored according to the manufacturer's specifications.

(b)  The number and location of tie-downs shall be in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.

(c)  Non-load bearing positioning loops shall not be used as tie-downs or anchor points.

(d)  All anchor ropes, tethers and tie-down ropes shall be attached to permanent structures, stakes, or be anchored by an on-ground anchor weight.  Anchor ropes, tethers and tie-down ropes and anchors shall not be attached to motor vehicles.

(e)  Ground stakes, except as otherwise specified by the manufacturer, shall meet the following requirements:

(1)           All ground stakes shall be a at least 40 inches in length, with at least 10 inches exposed above ground when used;

(2)           All ground stakes shall be equipped with a restraining hook, collar, or other similar device, in order to prevent the attached ropes from sliding up and being released; and

(3)           All ground stakes shall be protected or covered to prevent tripping or other accidental contact. 

(f)  On-Ground anchor weights shall meet the following requirements:

(1)           For bounce-type inflatable or air-supported amusement devices, the on-ground anchor weights shall be at least 75 pounds for each manufacturer-recommended anchor position, or the amount recommended by the manufacturer; and

(2)           For slide-type inflatable or air-supported amusement devices, the on-ground anchor weights shall be at least 500 pounds for each manufacturer-recommended anchor position, or the amount recommended by the manufacturer.

(g)  All anchor ropes, tethers and tie-down ropes shall have a tensile strength of at least 3700 pounds or 370-pound test rated, or the amount recommended by the manufacturer.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 95-111.2; 95-111.4;

Eff. July 1, 2003;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. January 5, 2016.