Safe Bouncy Castles

18 March 2019

Know the rules
If buying or hiring an inflatable for private or public use, you must ensure it has either a numbered PIPA tag or an ADiPs declaration of compliance.

It should also have:-

-    Written document from a competent inspection body to show it complies with British Standard BS EN 14960
-    Instructions on how to operate it safely

Once it’s inflated and before anyone uses it, the following safety checks need to be carried out:-

-    Check for any rips or holes.
-    All inflatables must have at least six anchor points.
-    If outside, all anchor points must be used with metal ground stakes at least 38cm long and 1.6cm wide with a rounded top and welded metal “O” or “D” ring.
-    If on tarmac or other surface on which stakes cannot be used, ballast weighing at least 163kg with suitable fixings to the guy ropes must be used.
-    The inflatable must be tightly secured to the ground to prevent wind from getting under it and lifting it.
-    Use an anemometer to regularly measure the wind speed – if one is not available, the inflatable should not be used.
-    No inflatable should be used in winds above 24mph – some inflatables have a lower maximum wind speed – always check the operator’s manual.
-    If being used indoors, check the operator’s manual for anchorage information to maintain shape and prevent overturn.

To safely use inflatables:-
-    Users must always be supervised.
-    The number of users cannot exceed the maximum limit stated on the instructions.
-    Users must be able to get on and off safely with mats at the entrance.
-    Regularly check anchor points are secure.
-    Use an anemometer regularly to measure the wind speed.
-    Deflate if the weather becomes unsuitable.