The addition of a bouncy castle can turn a good party into a great one. Kids love them and, let’s face it, most adults do too. Hiring one for a party is virtually a guaranteed winner. However, it is important that you follow a few essential safety guidelines when hiring a bouncy castle to prevent nasty accidents in public occurring and personal injuries being suffered.
How can I guard against accidents such as slips, trips and falls when hiring a bouncy castle?
Here are five vital tips to staying safe when hiring a bouncy castle.
- Adult supervision at all times
Yes, it is true that nobody wants to be stuck watching the youngsters have fun for the entirety of the party, but adult supervision is an absolute necessity to ensure safety at all times. The main things to look out for are that the maximum numbers are not being exceeded, walls are not being climbed and that the pegs and fasteners remain secure. Taking it in turns to watch is the best way of both having fun and staying safe.
- Establish who the castle is for and stick to it
Bouncy castles come in all different shapes and sizes to be used by specific age groups. If you have hired one for children then adults must stay off it. No matter how tempting it may be, especially after a few drinks, the personal injuries that are more than likely to arise from such actions are simply not worth it.
- Keep an eye on the weather
The Health and Safety Executive state that bouncy castles should never be used in conditions where the wind is above 24mph. Wet and cold conditions also pose significant risks to health and a slippery bouncy castle can easily cause injuries from slips or falls.
- Use a reputable company
When hiring a bouncy castle, only do so from a company that carries a minimum of £1million public liability insurance.
- Remember you could be liable
If you signed a statement which accepts liability in the event of an accident, then you need to ensure everyone abides by the rules or an injury claim could be made against you.
With a long track record of successful personal injury claims, Accident Advice Helpline is perfectly placed to answer any questions you may have regarding the accident claims process. The freephone advice line is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: Accident Advice