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13Jul/110

Bounce House Overcrowding

Bounce houses are top-selling entertainment products, year in and year out. This is due, at least in part, to their remarkable accessibility, appealing to friends and family members of all ages and in all locations. Because of this, any party or event where you set up any inflatable device is sure to attract many guests; the bounce house itself will no doubt be remembered as one of the most memorable parts of the day. However, make sure that those supervising the day’s events can stay responsible, and not allow an excessive amount of people to enter the bounce house simultaneously. Too many people in the same bounce house at once risks overcrowding the inflatable device.

“Overcrowding” basically means filling up your inflatable bounce house with more people than it can support. An extreme amount of people in the same bounce house jumping around at once will almost certainly cause your inflatable device to pop. The negative effects of overcrowding are very noticeable and can be clearly spotted by anyone at the party. You will begin to see the walls of the bouncer bend and sag under the added pressure. There may even be a greater strain on the blower to keep the device properly inflated. In addition to the risk of the walls of your inflatable device bursting in multiple places, the guests using the bounce house also put themselves at risk. If there are too many people bouncing at the same time, the likelihood of them accidentally colliding or slamming into each other significantly rises. In fact, it becomes all but inevitable. Any limitations on weight, height, and occasionally age can clearly be found on the product’s web page or in its instructional manual.

It is the job of whoever is supervising the day’s events to make sure that overcrowding does not become a problem at any point during the day’s events. This can be accomplished in many ways, one of which includes placing someone at the entrance of the bounce house. They would be responsible for allowing people in and out of the bouncer, in addition to monitoring the activity of those inside the bounce house to make sure that the bouncing does not get out of hand.

Now, no one is forcing users to step on a scale before entering, or flat-out rejecting and banning them from bouncing for the day. Anyone who wants to bounce and jump around will have the chance to do so. To accommodate everyone at a larger-than-average size event, consider having the guests take turns using the bounce house so that everyone gets a fair amount of time leaping and soaring through the air. Have at least one supervising adult keep track of time. Every so often, switch the guests inside of the bouncer with those that have been waiting for a long time, or allow certain times during the day for older, larger guests to use the bounce house one or two at a time. Having a rough outline for a schedule will allow everyone to have the chance of bouncing, and is a definite step in the right direction to avoid overcrowding and bursting walls.

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