25 January 23 - More FAQs and answers

Answering popular FAQs regarding bouncy castle hire

Following on from last week's news article, we are back answering more popular FAQs. We got great feedback from customers following last week's news article with a couple commenting that they had read the news article and it answered some questions that in some cases they were too embarrassed to ask.

Don't forget, there is never such a thing as a silly question and our team are here to answer any questions or queries you may have. Please don't hesitate to contact our friendly office team with any questions that may arise either before or after you make a booking with us.

Having checked out popular FAQs regarding inflatable hire, we noticed that customers were looking for answers to the following.

Is it ok to use a bouncy castle in the rain?

In terms of rules and regulations, inflatables can be used in rain however, we would advise customers to play as safely as possible. When it rains, obviously this is going to increase the risk of users slipping. For this reason, we advise in very heavy / torrential rain that customers do not use the equipment until the rain subsides. Upon the rain subsiding, we recommend that customers use old towels to dry up as much of the moisture as possible.

Most of our outdoor inflatables feature a sun / shower cover which will provide a level of protection in light shower conditions. Some of our disco dome inflatables are 'double skinned' so these units provide a higher level of protection.

All of our electrical equipment we provide for outdoor hires are IP67 rated.

IP67 represents one of the highest levels of protection offered by an IP rating. This rating provides complete protection against ingress of dust and airborne particles as well as protection against water and liquids (up to and including immersion in up to one meter of water).

Are bouncy castles worth it?

We think so!

Feedback from customers is genuinely always positive in my opinion. We also tend to find that many of our customers are returning customers who may hire for a child's 4th birthday party and continue most years up until they are 16/17 years old.

In our bosses' case, he's lucky to sometimes visit customers who are hiring for their children but also had a bouncy castle delivered by him when they were a kid, sometimes 20+ years later!

From feedback, we also tend to find that a bouncy castle hire is much cheaper and cost effective than hiring a soft play centre or taking a class of children to the cinema or bowling for example. The logistics involved in a trip out can also sometimes be a nightmare.

Inflatable hire is also great exercise and we regularly promote this to our customers. Lots of bouncing and jumping outdoors in fresh air is good for children.

An image of an SJ's Leisure bouncy castle being used at an indoor event for Everton FC in Liverpool, Merseyside

Do you wear socks on a bouncy castle? / Can you wear shoes on a bouncy castle?

We thought we'd address these questions together as they are linked.

We don't recommend wearing shoes on inflatables.

Firstly and most importantly, for safety reasons we don't recommend them. Wearing shoes can increase risk of twisting ankles as well as a safety risk for other users where users could potentially kick another user with their shoes. Painful.

Secondly, there's a substantial increased risk of damaging equipment when wearing shoes so we kindly ask that users remove their footwear before entering an inflatable unit.

Socks are not essential but we recommend them to provide a level of protection from possible friction burns, sun burn etc.

What age are bouncy castles for?

A very popular question and one we are regularly asked. Generally, bouncy castles are rated based on user height rather than age. The height of the internal wall dictates the max height of the user and a complex calculation using the equipment sizing information is summarised to determine the max user numbers.

Most bouncy castles are designed and built for children under the age of 12. Manufacturers when building inflatables for older children and adults such as adult bouncy castles will generally build a 'deeper bed' which allows for a taller and heavier user to bounce without grounding. As stated above, the internal walls will be taller to allow for an adult user. These inflatables are generally no smaller than 15ft x 15ft in terms of floor space.

A beautiful image kindly sent in by one of our customers (bride & groom) of our gorgeous mega white carousel bouncy castle on hire for a wedding reception in the North West

Thank-you for reading!

We hope the above information is helpful to you in your process of booking an inflatable. As we spoke about above, if you have any further queries regarding any of our hire products or services, please don't hesitate to contact our friendly office team today.

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