Bouncy castles make a great feature at birthday parties, school events and much more besides. Kids love them and so do adults – mainly because it keeps their kids entertained for a while! Of course, you have to pay close attention to bouncy castle safety whenever one is in use. If you do this, you should be able to enjoy the bouncy castle and not have to deal with any potential injuries.
Firstly, make sure there is always at least one adult on hand to supervise the children who are using it. Pay attention to the information given to you by the provider of the bouncy castle. There should be a maximum number of children allowed on it at any one time. Exceeding this number could potentially lead to a greater chance of accidents occurring.
Don’t mix children of different ages
Weight has a lot to do with how safe a bouncy castle is. For example, if lots of smaller children are on the bouncy castle, and then a much older child joins in, their increased weight could cause the younger children to fall. If this is the case, there is an increased risk one or more of them could suffer from injuries. Make sure the children using the bouncy castle are in the same age group to avoid this.
Always make sure the children remove their shoes before using the bouncy castle too. Again, an adult supervising in a constant manner will ensure no one slips past while still wearing their shoes. These could potentially cause someone else to be hurt.
Understanding the importance of bouncy castle safety
Without good safety measures in place, there is an increased risk of someone being hurt while using it. Broken bones may potentially occur if someone loses their balance or is bounced off the structure onto the floor. Make sure there are no potential hazards close to the bouncy castle either, for this exact reason.
If your child has been injured while using a bouncy castle at a party or other venue, you might have a chance to seek compensation on their behalf. This depends on whether negligence can be proven on the part of an individual responsible for providing, maintaining or operating the bouncy castle. Call 0800 689 0500 and speak to someone at Accident Advice Helpline now to find out if you could claim compensation.
Date Published: February 1, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead