Bouncy houses are a great way for children to have fun and get some exercise, but it is important to follow certain safety rules to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. Children over 6 years old should be the only ones using the bouncy house, and an adult must always be present to supervise. When setting up the bouncy house, make sure it is placed on a flat and even surface, free of trees, branches, or power lines. Soft floor mats should be placed near the entrance and exit if the bouncy house is placed on a hard surface.
Inside the bouncy house, make sure there are open spaces on all sides of the structure and that it is away from all walls. It is also important to follow the rules posted in the play area.
Risk Factors for InjuryThe CHOC Research Institute conducted a study that found an increase in injuries caused by inflatable houses. To prevent these injuries, effective adult supervision is key.
The parent should be attentive and have a clear view of what is happening inside the bouncy house. Additionally, risk factors for a child being injured include the number of participants who exceed device use restrictions and a combination of participants with different ages and weights.
Rules to FollowWhen using the bouncy house, make sure all equipment is used as intended and obey the inflatable instructions on the rule panel. It is also important to dry the bouncy house completely before deflating and storing it to prevent mold and mildew problems. Climbing on the inflatable unit or net inside or outside of the bouncy house should not be allowed.
Silly string should also not be used as it will permanently damage the inflatable house. On hot days, some exposed surfaces in a bouncy house can get very hot, so children should remove clothing, accessories, or sharp objects from their pockets when entering.