INTENDED USE: Many products are designed for a specific purpose.  When a use is specified on the product, use the rope for its intended application.  This will add life to the product and reduce the possibility of a product failure.

AVOID OVERLOADING... Safe working strength for rope varies from 5:1 to 12:1 or higher (See "Safe Use Guidelines For Rope" section).  For example, a rope rated at 10,000 pounds minimum breaking strength may be loaded to 2,000 pounds at a 5:1 safe working load and at 833 pounds at a 12:1 safe working load.  Ignoring safe working loads can cause personal injury, damage to property or even death.  If your rope is old or worn, make allowances for safety.  Downgrade rope to a less critical application or discard and replace.

AVOID ABRASION... Outer and inner rope fibers contribute equally to the strength of your rope.  When worn, your rope is naturally weakened.  Where it is necessary for a rope to rub over and object, protect it with chafing gear, such as canvas wrapped and tied around the rope.

AVOID SUDDEN STRAIN... Rope that is strong enough under a steady strain can be broken with a sudde3n jerk.  Avoid shock loads whenever possible.

AVOID KINKS... When rope is repeatedly turned or twisted in one direction, it is certain that kinks will develop, unless twists are repeatedly thrown in, or out of rope.  Pulling a kink through a restricted space such as a tackle block will seriously damage the rope fibers.

AVOID SHARP ANGLES... Sharp bends greatly affect the strength of a rope.  Any sharp angle is a weak spot.  Pad it for safety, and even then, be careful!

AVOID WRONG REEVING... Always use the right size rope for the sheaves in block or pulleys.  Too small a sheaves diameter can cause added friction and rope wear.

REVERSE ENDS... Prolonged use, or wear, on one part of a rope will naturally decrease its effectiveness at that point.  Occasionally reverse your rope, end-for-end, to distribute the wear more evenly.  A good example is an anchor line aboard a boat.

AVOID CHEMICALS... Virtually all synthetic fiber ropes are immune to damage from oil, gasoline, paint and most chemicals.  To be on the safe side, however, keep your   rope free of any type chemical.  Natural fiber ropes are, of course, severely damaged by exposure to chemicals.

KEEP ROPE CLEAN... Dirt on the surface and embedded in rope acts as an abrasive on fibers.  When rope becomes dirty, wash it thoroughly with clean water.  Be sure to air-dry natural fiber ropes before storing.

AVOID IMPROPER STORAGE... Synthetic fiber ropes require no special storing conditions other than keeping them out of sunlight and out of extremely hot rooms.  The ultra-violet rays of sunlight have a weakening effect on rope that is exposed for prolonged periods of time.  Natural fiber ropes must be kept dry or they will rot in a very short time.