Essential Bouncy Castle Hire Safety Considerations

Posted on: January 28, 2011

As a bouncy castle hire business safety must be a constant consideration whenever going to a booking. There are certain considerations you should make as a company owner, although equally important is to give customers a full brief of safety rules before letting them manage an inflatable for the day. For the purposes of this blog, the key considerations for your bouncy castle business are highlighted.

First and foremost (and it has been mentioned in previous posts) is to ensure that you have adequate liability insurance. This is one of the most important steps to running a safe business and also covers you in the event of an accident. Equally, it is important to read, understand and abide by the terms of the insurance policy, as failure to do so can invalidate your cover.

Whenever you take a bouncy castle or inflatable to a booking it is advisable to make a full and thorough check of the equipment before packing it. Although less of a problem with newer inflatables, it is vital to check over the seams and the fixtures between walls and the bed; if any damage is found it is vital that it is repaired. It is also worth recognising when an inflatable may actually need replacing.  Naturally if your inflatable is seriously damaged, checking whether your castle is still within its warranty (typically around twelve months) can be an advisable course of action.

Anchoring your castle is another safety fundamental. This can be performed either by using stakes in the ground or by using sand bags (explored in a previous bouncy castle safety post). Naturally whatever the method of anchorage it is important to ensure that there are enough points for the size of inflatable, it is also important to make sure that users are made aware of the tripping hazards caused by anchoring ropes.
When choosing a place to set up the bouncy castle it is worthwhile making a sweep of the ground to ensure that there are no sharp objects on the floor or nearby. It is also good advice to set up a suitable perimeter around the bouncy castle and place it only on level ground. If using the inflatable indoors, ventilation and access to emergency exits should also be considered. When setting up the castle it is also important to place safety mats around the entrance.

The height of the walls should also be considered; understandably small children will be able to use smaller sized castles although adults will need a castle with significantly higher walls. As a side note users should never be allowed to climb the walls as this is one of the major causes of accidents. The size of the castle will also determine how many people will be able to use the inflatable at once, ensuring that this maximum capacity or “load limit” is stuck to at all times is an important safety consideration.

The points illustrated above have hopefully highlighted how important safety should be to anyone running a bouncy castle business. Ensuring your customers are safe and having a great time are instrumental components in running a successful bouncy castle business.

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