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6Jul/110

Do Not Confine Your Bounce House

One of the great things about owning and operating an inflatable bounce house is the amount of locations you can set it up. Each bounce house, regardless of size and style, is more than capable of being set up outdoors or indoors. Of course, if you do choose to inflate a bounce house inside, there are certain guidelines that you should be aware of. All bounce houses that are set up inside must be held in place by sandbags rather than stakes or spikes in the ground. In addition, make sure that you give your bounce house a fair amount of extra space so that it is not crowded in any way. Confining your bounce house into a cramped location can be one of the biggest mistakes an owner can make.

If you’ve seen a bounce house in action, you know that regardless of its set-up site, inside or outside, the inflatable device slightly moves around while in use. Even if the device has been properly secured to the ground by either stakes or sandbags, the device will still slightly move up and down, or side to side. The answer to these movements is a simple case of cause and effect. All the air that the blower pumps into the device needs to be strong enough to support the combined weight of all of the bouncing users inside of it, yet soft enough to allow said users to freely leap and soar, all while providing a safe landing to jumps gone awry. When children, teenagers or adults bounce up and down or side to side inside of the bounce house, the device moves along with them in the direction of the jump; this is a result of the air pressure and the flexibility of the bounce house’s materials.

If a bounce house is outside, this movement is rarely an issue, as a wide-open field at a festival or everyday backyard typically has a lot of open space available to spring back and forth. When a bounce house is indoors, however, extra space becomes a bit of a liability. Before you start to set up your bounce house indoors, the very first step you should take is to measure out the area of your proposed bouncing location. Provide at least 1-2 feet of empty space around each wall so that the bounce house has room to move about without bumping into anything or anyone. This includes the ceiling, as well. If your bounce house were to accidentally scrape the walls, ceiling, or other household objects such as appliances, tables, or countertops, the device could potentially be scratched and torn, requiring immediate repairs and delaying further bouncing. If an owner attempts to shove and inflate a bounce house in a location that cannot support an inflatable device, it can become cramped and prone to injury, regardless if people are even in the device.

The amount of available space that you have inside is easily measured and tested. Once you have measured out the plan for your bouncing area, begin the set-up of your bounce house. Tie the sandbags that you have in your possession to each tie-down loop once the device has been rolled out flat onto the floor. Plug in the blower and allow the materials to inflate. If the bounce house is taller or wider than you planned for, and appears to be somewhat cramped or close to the walls or ceiling, deflate the set-up and search for a new room or location to begin set up. There are several different indoor locations that a bounce house can safely be set up without issue or incident. We have complete confidence that you will find the location best suited for you, your friends, and your family.

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