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13Jul/110

Respect The Walls Of Your Bounce House

One feature that all bounce houses have in common is that their bouncing areas need to be closed in on all sides. This is to avoid users from accidentally bouncing off the main area and injuring themselves. In order to keep the inflatable device straight and upright once the set up has been completed each inflatable wall is stitched together during the construction process. There are simple standards of bounce house etiquette that all should follow once inside of the bounce house. These rules can not only protect the walls that hold the bounce house together, but are also in place to protect any bounce house user, present and future.

The walls of a bounce house are made from the same materials as the ceiling and the bouncy floor. Each wall is stitched together with industrial-strength thread at least two times over, but some walls have been known to be triple or even quadruple-stitched. The amount of stitching will likely vary depending on the size of the structure, as well as how complex the design of the device is.

At least one wall in practically every enclosed inflatable device will be made of netting. The safety nets allow for both air and light to travel inside the bounce house, increasing the safety and well-being of the users. In addition, the nets allow parents or guardians supervising the activity to clearly see what is going on inside. The net is spaced out enough to allow a healthy, steady dose of air into the device, while remaining small and compact enough for users to avoid getting caught in the spaces. One netting wall will likely contain a strip of Velcro running vertically down the device. This Velcro separation acts as the entrance and exit to your bounce house, provided that you do not have a combo bouncer that contains slides or other alternate exits from the bouncing area.

While the walls of your bounce house have been certified sturdy by its designers and manufacturers, it is critical that any and all users of your bounce house do not purposely attempt to damage them. Try not to intentionally launch yourself towards the walls of the inflatable device while jumping or leaping inside of the bouncing area. The walls are strong enough to hold together the device, but they will begin to weaken under intentional, destructive stress. In the process, the stitches that hold each wall together may begin to split, which will require immediate attention and repair. While the Velcro entrance flaps can be sealed together from the outside or inside, they are still at risk of being broken apart if they are repeatedly bounced into. Unsecured Velcro walls can lead to injuries if a user bounces towards them. Any parents or adults monitoring the action should encourage users to stay around the center of the bouncing area, only touching the walls of the device if it is necessary to avoid a collision. In addition, the safety netting you will find in your bounce house is not to be climbed on or swung from. Keeping common sense and restraint during your bouncing will help to keep the walls of your bounce house standing, and will increase the lifespan of the entire inflatable device.

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