Portable chin-up bars can be safe if they are used properly. Most of these kinds of chin-up bars are designed to fit over a door or door frame. As long as the door is quite sturdy and level, there should be no problem. If a door frame is being used, then the frame must have a lip that is adequate to hold the chin-up bar, made of strong material.
One of the major problems with portable chin-up bars is that it is not always possible to know if the most convenient door or door frame is sturdy enough to use. Before using this kind of equipment in a new space, be sure to complete at least a few checks. You should check the material of the door or frame, the quality of the construction, and the condition of the material. If a door is made out of thin boards, is hollow, and has evidence of dry rot, for example, you should absolutely not use it to mount a portable chin-up bar. A sturdy door made of strong wood or metal and no signs of damage, on the other hand, is a much better choice.
Using a portable chin-up bar on a weak door frame or door can not only damage the door and wall, but can lead to personal injury. If this piece of exercise equipment were to come loose during exercise, it could cause the user to fall and could also easily strike the user in the head and upper body area, leading to serious damage. Furthermore, if a chin-up bar was used on a door that was not strong enough, it would likely damage the door and possibly even the frame and surrounding wall. For this reason, it is best not to use portable chin-up bars in hotels or rented living quarters unless the door can quite clearly withstand the stress.
Most portable chin-up bars come with instructions for safe use. Before using this kind of exercise equipment, be sure to read these instructions completely and follow them. Some even come with a DVD with tutorials on using the equipment in a safe way that also provides the best fitness benefits. Be sure to watch these Also, if the equipment comes with a guarantee or warranty, be sure to keep it in a safe place in case the bar breaks or somehow malfunctions.