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Being aware of dance pole safety is extra important if you have a friction fit pole. While safety should always be a concern, friction poles are - by their design - more likely to come down and cause injury or damage. Your Pole Pal wants you to be safe up there, so she's created this page to make sure you've got the scoop on safety tips specific to friction fit dance poles.
Your Pole Pal says...."Here are the main points you need to know to stay safe. You'll also find more details further down the page."
Your Pole Pal has used friction fit removable stripper poles for some pretty crazy moves with no problems. But then again, she's very strict about dance pole safety because she's also had first hand experience with poles coming down...ouch!
Experience leads to confidence if we learn from our mistakes, but of course safety should be a top priority no matter how much experience or confidence you have.
The tips above, and the information that follows will not guarantee you'll never suffer a mishap, but they can help you understand why dance pole safety is so important, and how to make your friction fit dance pole as safe as possible.
Your Pole Pal says..."Please use this information in conjunction with the manufacturer's installation and safety instructions, and defer to these when in doubt, for maximum safety."
The reason that safety with a friction fit pole is such a concern is that, unlike other types of poles, it's not secured in place with screws, bolts or braces.
Instead, friction poles rely entirely on a tight fit between floor and ceiling. That's why it's so critical to get the installation right.
It's also important to gain confidence with the installation process before attempting any potentially dangerous moves on your pole.
Speaking of which, contrary to popular belief, climbs and spins are typically less dangerous in terms of having your pole come down, than moves that put sideways pressure on the lower part of the pole.
Here's a little experiment you can do to help you understand why:
Take a toothpick, a pencil, or any long, thin object and hold it vertically between your index finger and a tabletop. With your other hand, hold the middle of the toothpick between your finger and thumb and give it a wiggle.
Chances are the toothpick remains stable.
Now take that same toothpick and hold it the same way. This time though, gently press sideways against the bottom of the toothpick, near where it rests on the table top.
What will likely happen is that the bottom of the toothpick will slide sideways. Since there's nothing holding it in place at the top other than friction, it doesn't take much sideways pressure to bring it down if it's not tightly wedged in place.
As a result the toothpick, just like your friction mounted dance pole, is going to come down.
Of course, a side load applied anywhere along the length of a friction fit or removable stripper pole - if it's excessive enough - will bring it down.
For this reason it's important to know the weight limits of your
friction pole, and also what it is and isn't designed to handle in terms
of side loads, spins, lifts, inversions and other potentially dangerous
The Lil Mynx friction pole comes in a two-piece stainless steel model, and includes either a hard plastic carrying case or a more economical cardboard storage case.
MiPole makes an affordable friction fit pole kit, complete with carrying case.
X-Pole sells a good quality portable, multi-piece friction fit dance pole
To really understand these dance pole safety issues, and how to ensure your friction fit pole is installed as safely as possible, let's take a look at a typical installation process.
Your friction mounted removable pole should now be installed safely, but there's one more thing you should do before you start dancing on your pole...
To maximize your safety while pole dancing, and to reduce the chances of your dance pole coming down, Your Pole Pal recommends a series of progressive load tests to be sure your pole has been installed as safely as possible.
Here's a short video that shows how to load test a friction fit pole:
Remember, performing the tests shown in the above video won't guarantee that your dance pole won't ever come down, but they can help alert you to any installation issues you need to correct before they become dangerous.
For those who prefer to read rather than watch, here are the steps to take to load test your pole:
Your Pole Pal says...
"One thing I absolutely insist on if I'm going to be dancing on a friction fit pole, is that I do the installation myself. When it comes to safety, it's kind of like jumping out of an airplane with a parachute on your back.
Ok, so maybe not quite that dangerous. But still, would you just trust that whoever packed your parachute got it right, or would you want to do it yourself so you're sure it's done right?
I rest my case."
As you use your friction fit dance pole more, you'll become more
comfortable with its safe installation and use, though it always pays to
maintain a healthy respect for your dance pole.
Thinking of buying a friction fit dance pole? Be sure to check out this dance pole reviews page for detailed information on all the different brands available.
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