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Avoid catastrophic failure of the hammock materials. Avoid tying to dead trees or other supports that could fail. Avoid long-term sunlight exposure as much as possible to prevent deterioration of nylon and polypropylene materials. Avoid tripping over the canopy guidelines. Limit hammock use to one person at a time. Avoid snagging the hammock fabric on brush, limbs, briers, rocks, etc. while making or breaking camp. Use a whistle if you set up far from the traveled path but need to attract the attention of others for help.