Easy to purchase or hire and comparatively inexpensive, inflatables are a common sight at events involving children. Unfortunately, injuries related to inflatables accidents are equally common. Some of these accidents are caused by improperly secured inflatables. Here are some of the risks of not securing inflatables outside properly.
Dangers of not securing inflatables outside
Injuries by bouncy castle accidents can vary in type and severity at the best of times. Even injuries by falling off an inflatable can range from cuts, grazes and bruises to:
- Broken teeth or bones
- Concussions, back and neck injuries
Not securing inflatables outside or using inflatables in extremely windy conditions could cause inflatables to:
- Take flight and throw children up into the air
- Get tangled up in trees or power lines
The injuries children could sustain by falling from height back onto the ground (or into a river or lake) or contact with overhead power lines could have devastating consequences.
Safely using inflatables
To prevent accidents involving inflatables, it is, therefore, imperative to ensure they are safe by:
- Placing them onto flat surfaces free of any debris away from trees, power lines and water sources.
- Securing inflatables outside by fastening them to the ground in accordance with manufacturers’ guidelines.
- Reading and following manufacturers’ guidelines concerning weight and height limits, maximum capacity and age recommendations. It should be noted that both safety advocates and manufacturers do not recommend the use of inflatables by children under the age of six years.
- Ensuring children are continually supervised by adults.
- Limiting the number of children on inflatables (ideally, only one child should bounce at a time, but this may not always be possible)
- Ensuring children jumping together are of similar weight and size
- Never using inflatables if wind speeds exceed 20 mph.
If an inflatable is operated by someone else, ensure your children’s safety by:
- Examining ropes to ensure an inflatable is properly secured to the ground before allowing your children to get on.
- Keeping an eye on your children and others on the inflatable with them
If your child is injured on an inflatable, you could qualify for a personal injury claim on behalf of your child if:
- Someone else was responsible for the inflatable accident
- The accident occurred within the past three years
If you think you may have an inflatable injury claim, get expert compensation advice by calling our Accident Advice Helpline freephone number from your UK landline or mobile phone on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 respectively now.
Date Published: May 9, 2017
Author: Accident Advice