Misuse of bungee cords can cause severe injury to the user. To avoid injury, read the following guidelines for your safety:
- Wear protective eyewear when stretching, fastening, or releasing hooks. A rebounding hook is dangerous.
- Inspect you bungee cord before any use to make sure that not alteration, cuts or abrasion appear.
- Do not use a bungee cord that appears frayed or worn or if the hook has been bent, gouged, or otherwise tampered with.
- Do not stretch a bungee beyond 50% of its unstretched length. Extending the cord beyond 50% of its unstretched length can cause failure of the cord or hook, or slippage and dangerous rebound. Example: A 24 inch cord should be stretched no more than a total of 36 inches, including hooks.
- Do not stretch a bungee toward or away from you to avoid being struck by a rebounding hook. Pull to one side. Keep your head and body out of the rebound path.
- Do not anchor the hook by its tip. Attach the hook loop center securely to a solid, inflexible mounting point.
- Do not use a bungee on a shifting, swaying, pendulous or top-heavy load. Use a rope instead.
- Do not use a bungee around sharp or abrasive edges or corners that can eventually cut, break, or damage the cord.
- Store bungee cords in a safe, dry environment.