Inflatable play is normally a very safe and good way for children to exercise whilst having fun.
The three elements that make for a safe inflatable play environment are:
- Properly manufactured and maintained equipment.
- Correct operation (pressure, siting, anchorage etc.) of the equipment.
SJ’s Leisure only uses uk made inflatables suitable for comercial use and
ensures that equipment is tested to a recognised standard both before first use and annually thereafter and checked at each hire
DO NOT forget your responsibilities as the customer because often the supervision is down to you!
Further guidance on safe use and operation of inflatable play equipment can be supplied on request
Play Safe – DOs & DON’Ts
- Have regard to the equipment’s intended use
Users that are outside the intended weight or height range can injure themselves and other users
- Make sure the blower is at least 1.2 metres from the inflatable
Serious injury can occur if a user strikes the blower unit
- Make sure the equipment has a current test certificate
- Look for the PIPA Tag Or Ask for copies of test certificates and check its validity
- Use surround mats if provided
These are provided to negate identified risks
- Ensure that children are supervised at all times by a responsible adult
The vast majority of accidents occur through lack of, or bad supervision
- Anchor the inflatable to the ground and ensure that you use every anchor point
Even in non-windy conditions the inflatable will move and creep (Perhaps taking it dangerously close to the blower)
- Hire your inflatable from a reputable operator
Some will try to cut costs on safety by not anual testing – Always check
- Follow the instructions given to you by the hirer – They are there for the safety of your children
- Hire on the basis of the safest – Not the cheapest
- Deflate the inflatable after use to prevent unsupervised use.
- Allow users to climb on to the walls
Most accidents happen this way
- Deflate the inflatable whilst in use
Users can strike the ground heavily if you do
- Use the inflatable if you have any doubt as to its safety
- Throw objects (or other people!) on to the inflatable
- Allow users onto the inflatable in high winds