Bounce houses, moonwalks, and other inflatable devices have been providing fun, memorable experiences to users of all ages for years and years, and show no signs of stopping anytime soon. However, even though these devices provide fun and excitement to so many people every single day of the week, you still must remain cautious when using them, as well as enforcing rules of safety when monitoring and operating them. Bounce houses are quite fun, but they can also be dangerous if you are not properly monitoring the activities both inside and outside the device. The number of potential injuries you may accidentally encounter when owning and operating a bounce house is relatively small, but you should still know what to do if these situations should ever occur.
The most common type of injury you will have while in possession of a bounce house is an accidental collision between users while bouncing or jumping inside of your inflatable. Even if you have multiple people monitoring the inside of your bounce house, accidents can still occur without warning. If two or more users collide while bouncing, have all users evacuate the bounce house at once. If they require assistance, have adults and parents in the area help to escort the bounce house users out of the main area. Once the injured users are away from the bounce house, inspect the damage. The injured bouncers will likely not have too serious injuries; most of the time, they’ll just have the wind knocked out of them. However, if the impact was able to draw blood, wash off the damaged area and apply a bandage immediately. Consider calling for an ambulance only if the pain has not subsided after a significant period of time. Make sure that you clean and sterilize the inside of the bounce house before you allow bouncing and jumping to continue that day. The injured guests may have accidentally left blood or spit on the floor of the bounce house after the accident. Periodical sanitation of a bounce house’s interior is always a good idea, and can prevent germs and other outside particles from forming on the surface of your inflatable device.
Some bounce houses require crawling through the entrance in order to get to the main bounce area. Inexperienced bounce house users and those dizzy from playing inside of the bounce house can end up tripping while exiting the bounce house and injuring themselves while landing on the ground. If this occurs, apply the same sort of treatment that you would give during a collision. Help the injured person, or persons, away from the bounce house. Once there, inspect their injuries. Consider putting mats or blankets outside of the bounce entrance area if the problem persists. Other forms of tripping around a bounce house, rather than inside of one, include tripping over the stakes or sandbags anchoring the inflatable device to the ground. Offer the same treatment for these potential injuries. In addition, consider re-arranging the positions of the stakes and the blower for future use to avoid such accidents.
Inflatable water slide and water park injuries are rare in occurrence. The majority of water slides these days have guard rails on either side of the slide’s slope, so falling off the side of the slope during use is an occurrence that is almost non-existent. However, accidental collisions can strike in water inflatables, as well. If users do not wait for other users to clear the bottom of the slide before going down the slope themselves, they will likely end up colliding, due to the fast rate at which people slide down the wet, slippery inflatable slide. Those who smash into each other at the bottom of the slide will likely end up with the same symptoms as the other scenarios: mildly bruised and sore, but nothing too serious. Always remember to have at least one person monitoring the inflatable device activity at all times to in some way prevent the rowdy behavior from turning unnecessarily dangerous.
Bounce houses and other types of inflatable devices may all be different in their own ways, but they all share certain traits that are a basic part of being inflatable. These features can include requiring a blower to stay inflated, or being susceptible to harm or injury from sharp objects. Each type of inflatable has its own unique features, but these certain attributes are impossible to remove from the inflatable device without completely changing the nature of the object. A certain, specific type of similarity present in all inflatable devices is the “natural shifting” that occurs whenever they are fully inflated. The process may initially seem unnatural, but it is one of the defining features of a bounce house.
When a bounce house has been set-up, secured to the ground, and inflation has begun, then the process known as natural shifting will always occur. As the blower is plugged in, it begins to send a steady stream of air through the air tube and into the walls of the device. At first, the presence of air causes the bounce house to inflate. Once the device is fully up and about, the air then begins to circulate around the inside of the walls. As a result, the air from the blower causes the bounce house to slightly shift along with the movement of the air, but never any more than a few inches in all directions at any given time. As long as a steady stream of air is being blown into the device by an activated blower, the device will constantly experience this slight movement, even if there is no one present in the device. With people bouncing around inside of the device, the shifting of the bounce house becomes practically unnoticeable. Natural shifting is not a hazard to any potential users of the bounce house. All inflatable devices are prone to natural shifting due to their designs.
As long as the inflatable device is anchored into the ground, the bounce house’s natural shifting movements will never get out of control or start to move the bounce house off of its set-up location. Trying to excessively hold the bounce house or inflatable device in place in an attempt to prevent natural shifting is not encouraged, as such actions will cause stress and strain on the bounce house’s walls and interior. This is also why it is so important to allow some space on all sides of your bounce house whenever you are setting it up. This applies for both outdoor and indoor set-up locations. If you don’t give the appropriate amount of space for the bounce house to shift around, then the bounce house may end up pushing up against trees, appliances and vehicles during natural shifting. Inside, the bounce house may uncomfortably come into contact with tables, chairs, beds, or simply become smashed against the walls. The pressure against these foreign objects may cause the bounce house’s materials to become weakened, if not torn or slashed in the process. Wherever you will be bouncing today, always make sure that you give your bounce house enough room to shift.
Bounce houses are a fantastic source of spring and summer entertainment, but as fun and exciting as they are, they are not impervious to damage or the elements. Water and other liquids can be hazardous to a bounce house’s structural integrity for a variety of reasons, and has no place inside or around the bounce house’s set-up location. Naturally occurring elements such as rain or thunderstorms can’t really be prevented or stopped. However, manmade appliances and outdoor tools, such as hoses and sprinkler systems, can equally be a threat to any inflatable device, and they should be avoided and kept away from any bounce house set-up site.
As strong as the material your bounce house is made of may be, it is still rather susceptible to water, regardless if the source of the liquid is from a rainstorm or a garden hose. If any drop or puddle of water was to settle on the inside or outside of your bounce house, it could cause the formation of mold and mildew if is not properly cleaned and dried. Remember to keep your hose turned off as long as the bounce house is within its stream reach, regardless if it is inflated or deflated. If you have a sprinkler system on your property, remember to keep that turned off as well. However, if you are setting up your bounce house in a public location, such as a park or school ground, they may have planned to set off their sprinklers to remotely water the lawn and grass patches without telling you. These sprinkler systems may also contain chemicals designed to nourish and help the grass grow, which may be good for the blades of grass, but are hazardous to you, your bounce house, and its users. Contact the local park district and compare schedules before you begin your set-up. Notifying the park district, or whoever is in charge or ownership of the set-up location, is always a good idea, as well as a courteous one, whenever you are setting up your inflatable device in a public park or similar area. Making sure that no sprinklers are set to go off during the day’s events is just one of the many reasons why.
While bounce houses, obstacle courses, and other similar devices are not designed to handle water, other inflatable devices are certainly capable. Water slides and inflatable water parks are among the most popular inflatable devices you will find inflated and in use during the summer months to cool off from the humidity and the rays from the sun. The fabric present in these inflatable devices is specifically designed to withstand any damage simple rain or hose water can cause to a standard bounce house, and are capable of standing up to water from the local water supply, be it from a hose or sprinkler system. However, keep in mind that any nearby hose that might normally pose a threat to a bounce house or similar dry inflatable will likely be attached to the water slide to make it more slippery and safe to use. Hoses will almost never be a threat to your water inflatable. Any sprinkler system that may go off while the bounce house is in use will not seriously harm the device. It merely adds a new way for swimmers and inflatable device users to get wet today.
There are certain tips and steps to consider and remember before you set up your water-themed inflatable near a sprinkler system. Make sure that you are not setting up your water slide or park on top of a hidden sprinkler, as it can stretch out the foundation of your set-up site and potentially cause water damage from below. Also check with the park district to make sure that there are no chemicals in the sprinkler water if you are indeed setting it up on public grounds.
Your bounce house wouldn’t be a bounce house without a blower to inflate it. Every inflatable device of every size and shape needs to be attached to a blower in order to stay inflated during the day’s events. Luckily for you, every available bounce house ships with a blower that is powerful enough to keep that specific inflatable up and running. Attaching the bounce house’s air tube over the mouth of the blower and plugging it in is a job simple enough to be accomplished by anyone. However, keep in mind that only the specified amount of blowers should be used whenever your device is in use. Attempting to put an excessive amount of blowers on the same air tube is a risky and unwise way to use your bounce house, for a variety of reasons.
If your bounce house only ships with one blower, then the chances are very slim, if at all, that you will ever need multiple blowers in order to properly inflate the device. The air tube that you attach the blower to is usually only built to fit over one blower. The tube may be somewhat elastic in order to secure the connection, but rarely will it be elastic enough to properly cover and conceal multiple blower generators at the same time. Doing so would significantly stretch out and weaken the air tube, as well as possibly allow air to seep out.
If your bounce house blower is not functioning properly, or appears to have lowered amounts of power and strength, your blower may have simply lost all its available power. If this scenario occurs, the proper thing to do would be to simply order a replacement blower that has adequate power to keep the bounce house up and running. Replacement blowers should be available at any bounce house supplier web site. It would be unwise to try and fix the problem by sticking multiple blowers onto the same air tube to compensate for the lost power. There’s no point in keeping a dead blower on the set-up site, in addition to the more than capable replacement. If the device no longer works, it must be replaced. Also, as a result, the now complicated set-up will look haphazard and unprofessional.
However, sticking multiple blowers on the same tube puts the bounce house at serious risk beyond just aesthetic unpleasantness. If you have more than one blower on the same air tube, you will likely put the bounce house at risk of over-inflation. An excessive amount of air shooting into the same confined area will put the bounce house at risk of bursting under the strain and pressure of all that air. Follow the included manuals, and apply common sense and responsibility when operating any inflatable device.
Now, there are certain inflatable devices out there that require more than one blower in order to stay properly inflated, and as a result, those specific inflatables will ship with multiple blowers in order to function properly. However, those inflatable devices also happen to have multiple air tubes located at different points on the bottom of the device, each designed to only hold one blower at a time. You’ll rarely have a situation where sticking multiple blowers onto the same tube would be safe or advisable.
Bounce houses are a fantastic source of entertainment, and more people are given the chance to jump around in one every year. Frequently, people get to experience a bounce house at carnivals and festivals held by the park district. If you are volunteering for a public event or celebration, offering to bring your bounce house can increase the number of guests that come to your festival, as well as increasing the amount of fun things present at the party. However, parties may not be the only reason you’d want to set your bounce house up on public property. Depending on your location, such as a city or urban area, a public park may be the only place that can comfortably support a bounce house. It is certainly possible for you to set up your bounce house on public grounds, but there are some steps you’ll need to follow in order to get it done.
If you want to set up your bounce house on public property, the first thing you’re going to have to do is talk to your local park district office for permission. Once you are in contact with the park district, you’re going to need a permit from your town in order to set up your inflatable on their property. If you can gain the permit, congratulations! You should now be free to set up your bounce house or inflatable device on a wide variety of public areas as soon as possible. These locations may include a public park, field, school grounds, church grounds, or parking lot, among several others. The permit that you acquired is also good for indoor set-up, as well. If you can find and lock down the appropriate space, you should be free to set up your bouncer in a gymnasium, warehouse, or storage facility. To show your appreciation and cooperation, it is recommended that you call or notify the park district every time you wish to set up your inflatable. It may be necessary in order to fit their schedule and planned events.
Before you go rushing off for the permit right this second, there are some tips for setting up your bounce house on public grounds that you should be aware of. For instance, if you’re in a wide open public park, the chances of an outlet being right where you need it to be are slim. In order to provide power for your blower, and, as a result, for your inflatable device, you’re going to need to acquire a portable generator. Portable generators are used by bounce house rental companies to provide power to bounce houses in areas without nearby and ready outlets. These generators run off their own charged power and do not require an outlet to function properly. If you are unable to find a portable generator, try to contact a nearby bounce house renter for information and a possible product list.
As with all other outdoor set-ups, check the weather beforehand and make sure that there is no storm coming during your set-up day. If poor weather does strike your set-up site, make sure that you have clear and easy access to a nearby indoor location to wait out the storm. Plan out the public area beforehand so you have some idea of where to go if a crisis situation does strike. In addition, make sure that you inspect the ground before you begin to pound in the bounce house’s stakes. If you are hammering the stakes and they are not staying secure, then you should find a better area with grass and dirt that has been better maintained. Also be on the lookout for a patch of grass or pavement that is as smooth and level as possible. After you’ve followed these steps and properly completed the set-up, treat your bounce house and its surroundings like you were on your own property. Keep respect for the landscape, and keep safe while bouncing around in public!
Bounce houses and inflatable devices have always been great sources of fun during the summertime, and will always succeed at entertaining friends, family members, and any guests you invite over for parties and celebrations. You should keep in mind that as wonderful as a bounce house experience may be, there may always be the risk of an accidental and sudden deflation that will cause the air to drain out of the device, likely while users are still inside. If that were to happen, calmly evacuate all users from the bounce house, and then search for a tear or break in the fabric. However, if you cannot find any significant hole in the fabric, the deflation may be a result of your blower malfunctioning. Luckily for you, there are several ways to address the problem.
All bounce houses are powered and inflated by a blower that should ship with whichever inflatable device you choose. Your blower is attached to your bounce house by taking the long air tube, usually located on the back wall of the bouncer, and then stretching the end of the tube over the circular mouth of the blower’s air generator. These blowers are then plugged into the nearest electrical outlet. Once plugged in, the small generator inside of the device is activated. As a result, a steady stream of air is powered through the walls of the bounce house, filling it full of air within minutes and allowing the bounce house to be safely used by all. This is why it is considered highly important to set up the bounce house near an electrical outlet when decided where to set up your inflatable device for the day. Remember to keep several extension cords on hand if your desired or prime set-up area is too far away from an outlet for the blower to be of any use.
Now, if your bounce house has deflated, and there doesn’t seem to be any hole of significance in the fabric of your bounce house, then the deflation is likely a result of a malfunction in your blower. There are several ways to inspect around the outlet where your blower is plugged into to possibly fix the problem. Check the blower’s plug, and make sure that it is completely plugged into the outlet, if the plug is loose, or if the blower has been completely unplugged. The cord might have been accidentally tripped over. In the future, consider taping down the cord or re-arranging the set-up of your bounce house so that no one at the celebration will trip over it again. If the device is still plugged in, check the air tube of the bounce house, and make sure that it has not slipped off the blower at any point. If both pieces of the blower are secure, then go back to the outlet. The blower may have abruptly stopped due to a tripped circuit, which is caused by having too many plugs attached to the same electrical outlet. Unplug everything from the outlet wall, and then plug the blower back in and see if air has once again been generated.
Depending on the age of the blower or the bounce house it came with, it could also mean that the device, as well as the generator inside of it, has simply died. Unless you have significant experience in mechanical repair or the bounce house industry, it would not be recommended to open the blower up and try to manually repair it, as this will void the warranty of your product. As a result, it will become necessary to replace the device through a bounce house supply web site, store, or catalog. Though, it should be noted that for a blower to permanently run out of power, it would require being in use for a very long period of time, usually at least a decade. Keep in mind that the sooner your blower is repaired or replaced, the sooner your bounce house can once again be inflated.
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.
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.
Bounce houses are a wonderful way to entertain you, your family, and friends during the summer and spring. A good deal of families that have purchased bounce houses also own pets, and concerns are often voiced over what to do with these pets once the bounce house has been set up and inflated. Although the option exists to inflate your bounce house indoors, most of the time, you will likely be inflating the bounce house outside. No matter where you live, outside, there will always be some presence of wild animals near your property, and their safety, as well as the safety of your pets, is a serious matter that should be addressed.
As beloved and cherished as pets and other animals are, the combination of pets and bounce houses is one that should be avoided. The decision is an industry standard which exists to protect pets everywhere around the world, in addition to keeping the bounce houses themselves safe. The most popular pets around the world today are cats, dogs, and birds. All of these animals, regardless of breed or classification, have claws or talons. If you were to place these pets inside of a bounce house, not only would they likely become uneasy and frightened due to the unfamiliar inflatable ground beneath them, they may end up puncturing the bounce house due to their claws being fully extended in fear. It is for their own safety that you leave your pets inside during the bounce house festivities, or away from the action should the bounce house be inflated indoors.
Despite initial and valid concerns, you will likely not have any problems dealing with wild animals while playing with your bounce house. In your area, the wild animals that you likely see more often than any other creatures are birds and rodents, such as squirrels and rabbits. You will notice that these animals are often scared of humans and run off when they are approached. Since there will always be at least one person using an inflated bounce house at any one time, a wild animal will likely be too afraid to explore the area. Although, it might be possible that a wild animal such as a squirrel or a deer might be curious if the bounce house was left inflated and unattended. However, since there will and should always be multiple people around whenever an inflatable device has been set up and blown up, this scenario should never play out.
The only animals that should be a part of your bounce house experience are the ones that appear in the theme of your bounce house. Despite the fact that animals have no real place near a bounce house, a good majority of inflatable devices with animal themes remain some of the most popular bounce houses purchased every year. For instance, bounce houses with a jungle theme, like the Jungle Theme 4 In 1 Combo, use images of lions, monkeys, snakes, exotic birds, and various other creatures to place its users, and their imaginations, on a wild jungle safari while they explore and bounce through the varying secret areas of the combo bouncer. Bounce houses that have an ocean theme, like the 13 ft x 13ft Inflatable Marine Life Dolphin Jumper use dolphins and cartoon fish to reach the same end; other ocean-themed inflatables may use sharks, whales, jellyfish, and other marine life to create the swimming and bouncing sensations. So, in a way, animals can be a part of the bounce house experience. They just need to be inflatable themselves.
If you are a parent in search of a valuable toy or entertainment device for your kids, a bounce house or inflatable device is almost guaranteed to satisfy everybody. Bounce houses can hold a massive appeal for anyone in search of summer and springtime fun, but they will always hold a special place in the hearts and minds of children everywhere. Kids are often drawn to a bounce house at festivals, carnivals, and other public celebrations, and often wish for their own one day to be delivered to their house. One of the reasons why parents often try to make a bounce house one of their children’s first toys growing up is because they allow their children to gain valuable physical activity while they play.
Many parents in the world will vouch that sometimes, getting their children to have some physical activity every day can be easier said than done. While doing so is not always what a kid has planned for that day, but getting in some kind of outdoor play or exercise every single day can lead to a very healthful lifestyle, especially if you try to provide this for your children at a young age. Some children are into sports from the moment they first pick up a basketball or hit a baseball with a bat, so introducing regular physical activity doesn’t have to be an issue. For other children that are not interested in sports or gym class just yet, a bounce house can be a great way to introduce exercise, physical games and behavior to kids without them ever realizing they’re engaging in physical activity.
Bounce houses are able to gain the attention of younger users due mainly to their bright, vibrant colors and their giant, towering state when fully inflated. To younger users, the design of a bounce house is attractive enough to draw them in and pique their curiosity without making them afraid of the inflatable structure. For children who are initially cautious and unsure around the bounce house, the soft qualities of the fabric supported by air from the blower can offer an unsure child a comforting, safe feeling. The act of bouncing around within the bouncing area allows children to jump, leap, and soar throughout the air among siblings and friends. At the same time, all that energy and excitement can burn calories, and can help the child associate and recognize the play and motion inside of the bounce house as a good thing. Combo bouncers take the process a step further by allowing children to crawl through the inside of the bouncer, slide down the slopes located both inside and outside the structure, and giving them the freedom to explore. All of these activities also assist in giving children a memorable and healthful experience inside their bounce house.
However, while bounce houses are fantastic tools for physical play and growth, there can be risks involved if you try to introduce the child to such high-velocity play and exercise too early in their lives. This is just part of the reason why there is a minimum age limit for all bounce houses on the market today. Forcing children younger than three to engage in physical activity is needlessly dangerous to their health and well-being. Once they are old enough to seek out physical behavior on their own, and are able to communicate it to their parents, then bounce houses become a viable option for physical growth and playing. As long as the parents are always present, monitoring their child’s exploits and staying responsible, the bounce house experience will always be a safe one for a child.