Health & Safety Information

All of our Inflatables are tested to comply with the European & British standard BS EN 14960: 2013.

Safe use and operation of play inflatables, including bouncy castles

1. Anchorage points should be secured to the ground with ground stakes, where the ground is suitable. Some equally effective method can be used on hard standing, eg. attaching the anchor ropes to fittings already in the ground or to sandbags or other weights, if these are capable of taking the load. Inflatables can be tied to a vehicle or other movable machinery, providing the vehicle or machinery is immobilised and under the control of the operator.

2. Inflatables should not be used when the wind or gusts are in excess of the maximum safe wind speed specified by the manufacturer. The industry recommends a maximum wind speed of Force 5 on the Beaufort Scale of 30-38 kph 19-24 mph. Force 5 is a fresh breeze when small trees in leaf begin to sway, whereas Force 6 is a strong breeze when large branches are in motion, whistling can be heard in telephone lines and umbrellas can only be handled with difficulty. Weather forecasts can be obtained from the Meteorological Office.

3. The controller should ensure that the inflatable device is sited well away from possible hazards such as overhead power lines or other obstacles with hazardous projections eg. fences, trees etc.

4. If the ground is abrasive, oily or dirty, a ground sheet should be used to prevent wear and tear of the base material.

5. The controller should determine the minimum number of attendants needed to operate the device safely, and ensure that at lest this number of attendants is on duty when the device is in operation. In deciding how many attendants are required, the controller needs to consider matters such as the number of people using the device, the age of the users and the type of environment in which the inflatable is being used.

6. Attendants should be aged 16 or over and the operator should be 18 or over.

7. If the risk assessment carried out by the controller shows that control measures are required to handle large crowds in the immediate vicinity of the inflatable then crowd control barriers should be provided by the controller. Barriers should have the minimum dimensions. They should be at lest 1m high and capable of withstanding people leaning on them, or being pushed against them. Where the public does not have access to the sides or back of the inflatable or crowd pressures are not anticipated then a lower standard is acceptable.

8. The method of operation drawn up by the controller should ensure that users are admitted to the inflatable in a controlled and safe manner. In particular, the operator and attendants should carry out the following instructions. Ensure that users remove footwear (except socks) and any other hard, sharp or dangerous objects such as buckles, pens, purses, badges etc (glasses are best removed).

9. Do not allow users to consume food or drink or chew gum on the device.

10. Do not allow users to obstruct the entrance or exit of any inflatable device.

11. Do not allow anyone to play on the step or front apron of a bouncy castle.

12. Do not allow users to climb or hang on the walls.

13. Do not allow users who do not conform to height restrictions to use the device.

14. Keep the entrance/exit areas clear of onlookers so that the operator or attendant has a clear view and can ensure that users enter/exit safely.

15. Keep users off the device when it is being inflated or deflated.

16. Deflate the device when not in use.

17. The operator and attendants should watch the activity on the inflatable constantly. They should use a whistle or other signal and take action at the first sign of any misbehaviour.

18. Somersaults and rough play should not be allowed.

19. It is the operatorís responsibility to ensure that the equipment is not overloaded with users.

20. Larger, more boisterous users should be separated from the smaller ones.

21. The number of users at any one time should be limited to allow each user enough room to play safely.