Bounce houses are far and away one of the best entertainment devices you or anyone you know will ever come across, appealing to the masses year after year. One of the features of an inflatable device that allows them to thrive and last over the years is their ability to be used inside or outside. If you are in the possession of sandbags, you will gain the ability to use your bounce house inside during the colder autumn and winter seasons, provided that your indoor location is large enough to house a moonwalk. However, you should be aware that these sandbags, while versatile and very handy, are only for indoor usage. If they are used outside, it can lead to potential damage and injury.
One of the most important rules that you can remember when setting up and securing your bounce house for usage is that stakes are to be used outside, sandbags are for use inside. As big and powerful as bounce houses and inflatable devices may seem, they are not completely indestructible or resistant to nature. Strong gusts of wind have the power to pick up and move a bounce house from its set-up site with relative ease. Because of this, they need to be weighed down to the ground, which is why each and every bounce house available ships with a series of stakes. Each are pounded into the ground through a tie-down loop located at every corner of the bounce house. These stakes are strong enough to hold the inflatable device against the ground without any trouble.
However, if poor weather were to strike your bounce house’s set-up site, you would need to move the entire inflatable device and its users inside to avoid potential injury and risk to the quality of the vinyl bouncing material. Securing the bounce house inside is a separate matter. You clearly can’t use stakes or ground spikes indoors, because trying to drive a stake into the hardwood or cement floor would create a noticeable hole in the ground that would require additional repair. This is where sandbags come in so handily. Because they can hold about 50 pounds of maximum weight, the bags are strong enough to hold the bounce house in position against the floor. Without any serious gusts of wind indoors, the bounce house will stay in place with relative ease.
If you were to use a sandbag outside, on grass or pavement, the bag would merely rest on top of the ground. There’s no way to pound or drive a bag into the ground and expect it to have the same resisting power as a thin metal piece. If the wind were to pick up while the bounce house were in use, there is a chance that the bounce house could start to blow off of its intended set-up location, regardless of how much sand was present in each bag. With a growing source of bounce house-related injuries involving the bounce house blowing away, you want to take all the precautions you can to prevent injury to your guests and to the bouncer itself.
In some special cases, bounce house sand bags might be able to be used in addition to the standard stake in the ground. Large inflatable devices like obstacle courses will require more stakes in the ground than one for each corner. Depending on the respective sizes, the course will likely require an additional stake in the ground on each of the longer walls. In theory, you could secure all the tie-down loops to the ground using stakes, and then tie sandbags to the loops over the stakes in the ground. This would allow extra pounds weighing down each spike, making the inflatable device harder to move. If you were to attempt a set-up like this, be aware that it requires the presence of stakes. All outdoor set-ups must have stakes in order to properly secure any inflatable device.