As fun as bounce houses are to use, no inflatable device is indestructible. Occasionally, you will hear or read a news story that tells of how an improperly set up bounce house started to blow away from its set-up site in poor weather conditions. These accidents are always tragic, both in their outcome and in how easily avoided each occurrence could have been. To avoid potential disaster, you should not set up your bounce house when the wind outside is blowing faster than 15 miles per hour. If you are having trouble accurately measuring your local wind speed, don’t worry. There are several different ways to test the speed of the wind, in the process determining whether or not setting up your bounce house is a good idea for today.
A sure way to gain an accurate measurement of how fast the wind is blowing is by using additional tools. The tools best suited for the job can be used by professional meteorologists, but are also common enough to be found in one’s garden. Wind socks are commonly used by weather specialists to judge the speed and power of wind and air. If you have access to such a device, you can use it to your advantage. If the sock is filled up air at a frequent rate, it is wise to hold off on setting up your bounce house. A good majority of houses and gardens have a weather vane set up somewhere, which tells you which direction the wind is blowing in, but not how fast. The vanes should be used with an anemometer to give you the most accurate measurement of how fast the wind is moving today. Anemometers are small devices with half-circle shapes for blades. When wind blows through the blades of the anemometer, the speed of the gust of wind is measured and tracked by several meters, easily read and clearly displayed for you to see. Placing an anemometer near a weather vane can help you accurately determine the speed of the wind and which direction it is traveling in. These findings can help you judge whether or not you should risk setting up your bounce house, and if you do, finding a good set-up location to avoid the main wind power.
If you do not currently have access to such tools, you can still manage to properly gauge the potential threat of the wind by performing several tests yourself. You will need to step outside for each of these tests; you will be unable to gain an accurate feel for the weather while inside. The amount of clouds in the sky can help you accurately judge whether or not setting up your bounce house is a good idea. An overcast sky paired with strong gusts of wind can not only signify a powerful windstorm, but an upcoming thunderstorm as well. If you find yourself shivering in the gusts of wind, you may end up being equally uncomfortable while jumping inside of your inflatable device. The piercing bite of the cold wind may also put a strain on the walls of your bounce house, if not potentially weakening them.
Remember that wind can potentially harm your bounce house in multiple different ways. An improperly set up bounce house can indeed have its stakes blown out of the ground by a strong gust of wind, but that gust of wind can also carry debris from nature, such as branches, tree bark, and smaller yard appliances. The wind can accidentally cause these items to collide with your bounce house, potentially causing a tearing or deflation in the process. Always be cautious when it comes to setting up your bounce house. If the weather isn’t looking so cooperative, it maybe best to postpone your plans for another day. There are so many weekends in the spring and summer months that you may not even notice the delay.