Bouncer Safety Guide
- Inspect the Area you are placing your Bouncer
or other garbage. Sweeping the area with a bristled broom before setup
is the best way to ensure all debris is clear. If need be lay down a
protective tarp (provided by the bouncer rental company) and place the
bouncer over that tarp.
2.. Check the Weather!!!
-There is nothing worse than a rained out party. Checking the weather
is essential for the proper planning of any inflatable (bouncer) rental.
Be sure to check the precipitation chances and the wind speeds. If the
wind speed exceeds 15mph your bouncer rental company should
suggest that you schedule an alternative date. Too high of winds
make the Bouncer unsafe to operate and here at 3E we will NOT
operate in winds exceeding 15mph. It presents a clear risk to the riders.
If need be consult an aerometer for precise on site winds speeds.
3. Make sure the Bouncer is Anchored.
-The recent stories of Bouncers flying off into the air and injuring kids
are a direct result of poor anchoring. At 3E we provide each bouncer
rental with either 4- 18inch steel stakes or 4-100lb sandbags to
ensure that bouncer will not mover once it is setup. If setting up a
bouncer by yourself, Be sure to pound the stakes into the ground until
only the very top of the stake is showing. Ideally you will drive 17 of
the 18 inches of each stake into the ground. Using sandbags, be sure
to strap each bag to the anchor points on the bouncer. Finally, Check,
Check, and Double Check each anchor point to ensure that it is
secured to the ground. DO NOT let anyone in the bouncer until
you are 100% positive that is it anchored to the ground.
4. Check the Blower Connections
- Every inflatable whether a bouncer, obstacle course, or mechanical
bull is inflated using a electronic blower. The blower requires 1
independent outlet, meaning it needs its own electrical circuit to
operate. Nothing else can be plugged into the same outlet as the
bouncer blower. Visually inspect that the electrical connection is secure
and that the extension cord is tucked out of the way so nobody will
trip over it. Also, inspect that the blower is firmly secured to the
bouncer inflation tube. Each tube strap sewn to it so it can be secured
to the blower. Remember, the blower must stay on in order for the
bouncer to remain inflated.
5. Visually Assess Each Rider.
- There is always a wide age range of riders with any bouncer rental. It
is the responsibility of the operator to ensure that the kids bounce
safely. We suggest separating the kids by age and size. Have similarly
sized kids ride together. With similarly sized kids, the chances of any
injury are greatly reduced. You DO NOT want to put big kids in
with little kids. Also, keep in mind how many kids you are letting in
at once. Unfortunately there is no magical number so you will have
to visually make sure that each set of riders has enough space inside
the bouncer to bounce without running into one another.
6. Manage the Behavior.
- Beyond ensuring that the bouncehouse is setup correctly, it is of
extreme importance to manage the behavior of the riders once they
are in the bouncer. As a general rule, stick to bouncing only. NO
flipping, somersaults, cartwheels, wrestling, or any other contact
behaviors. 9 times out of 10 when an injury occurs in a bouncehouse
it is because the rider is doing something other than just bouncing.
Ensuring your riders do nothing but bounce in the bouncer will not
completely eliminate the risk of injury but it will greatly reduce it.