Backyard inflatables such as bounce houses can be a ton of fun but there can also be some danger to them if certain rules and recommendations aren’t followed.
Just like any large backyard toy from a trampoline to even a pool, inflatables should have certain safety rules that should be followed by both adults and especially your kids.
It’s important to implement these rules and enforce them at all times with your children to help ensure their safety.
Although there may be some danger in allowing your child on inflatables if you follow the proper safety precautions you can drastically lessen the risks and your kids can still have hours and hours of fun.
Inflatables Safety Guide for Parents
*Setting Up The Inflatable*
Any inflatables need to be set up away from any trees or branches as well as fences, power lines, and structures such as your house or a shed. Everything should be far enough away from the inflatable that there is no possible way that a child could fall into any of these items.
Bounce houses need to be set up on even, flat land that doesn’t have anything on the ground that could pierce through it such as rocks or wood pieces.
Always use proper anchoring to anchor the inflatable to the ground. One of the biggest dangers with bounce houses or any type of inflatable toy is the fact that they can topple or blow over if not anchored properly. Long metal stakes should be used to anchor them into the ground.
*Rules for Using the Inflatable*
Parents need to be firm and to really stress the importance of following the proper safety precautions and rules when it comes to using any type of inflatables. Be sure that all kids know that there should be no pushing or roughhousing at any time while on or near the inflatable.
Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s weight limits when it comes to both total weight as well as individual user weight limits. You may even consider limiting children to 2 or 3 at a time rather than more 6 or so for things like bounce houses to lessen the possibility of injuries even more.
Before any child enters the inflatable all shoes as well as jewelry needs to be removed. Parents may also want to remove jewelry as well as any sharp objects in their pocket if they are going to set foot on the inflatable.
If you notice that the bouncer is losing air, then have the children get off and examine the item to see what the problem may be. There may be a small leak or it may just be that too many kids were using the inflatable at once.
If it starts getting too windy, you will want to take the inflatable down even if you have it anchored properly. Anything over around 15 mph may be too windy for any type of inflatable play and you may not want to take the chances.
Make sure that an adult is supervising the bounce house at all times. If supervision is not possible at any certain time, you should deflate the object until an adult can supervise. Never leave an inflatable up in your backyard overnight as it should be deflated before heading in at night time.
If you are choosing to rent a large bounce house or any type of inflatable from a company then there are additional rules and precautions you need to take according to that company as well. These rules are more specific to the backyard inflatables that you buy and set up yourself.
Whether you have a huge backyard bounce house castle or a super cool inflatable water slide, parents need to take some precautions to ensure their child’s safety. These inflatables can be a lot of fun but they do come with some dangers if safety precautions are not taken at all times.
The most important part to remember about playing on any type of inflatable in your yard is that you need to follow the manufacturer’s directions as well as enforce proper play at all times with kids of all ages.