Bounce Safely

Bouncy castles and other inflatable play equipment are a popular feature at village hall events organised by the hall committee or by a hirer.
The following advice is taken from a checklist developed by PIPA, an inspection scheme set up by the inflatable play industry.
Play Safe
Inflatable play is normally a very safe and pleasurable way for children to exercise whilst having fun.
The PIPA scheme ensures that equipment is tested to a recognised standard both before first use and annually thereafter.
Have regard to the equipment's intended use
Bear in mind that users who are outside the intended weight or height range can injure themselves and other users
Make sure the blower is at least 1.2 metres from the inflatable
Remember that a serious injury can occur if a user strikes the blower unit
Make sure the equipment has a current test certificate
Look for the PIPA tag and check its validity on this site
Use surround mats if provided as these negate identified risks
Ensure that children are supervised at all times by a responsible adult. The vast majority of accidents occur through a lack of or poor supervision
Anchor the inflatable to the ground and ensure that you use every anchor point. Even in non-windy conditions the inflatable can move and creep (perhaps taking it dangerously too close to the blower)
Hire your inflatable from a reputable operator. Some will try to cut costs on safety by not using the PIPA scheme - always check
Follow the instructions given to you by the hirer - these are there for the safety of your children
Hire on the basis of the safest - not the cheapest
Deflate the inflatable after its use to prevent unsupervised use
Never allow users to climb on to the walls - most accidents happen this way!
Never deflate the inflatable whilst it is in use as the users can strike the ground heavily if you do
Never use the inflatable if you have any doubt as to its safety
Never throw objects or other people on to the inflatable
Never allow users onto the inflatable in high winds
Information provided July 2017. Check for updated information here