It is likely that somebody you know during this lovely, warm summer, will be using/hiring or providing an inflatable (such as a bouncy castle).

Although inflatables can bring hours of fun, they can also cause avoidable injuries. Before using one this summer, complete a quick check:

  • when using it outside, all the anchor points must be used, with metal ground stakes at least 380 mm long and 16 mm wide, with a rounded top. They should have a welded metal ‘O’ or ‘D’ ring fitted to the end
  • all inflatables must have at least 6 anchor points. The operator manual will tell you how many there should be – make sure they are all still in place and have not been removed
  • if ground stakes cannot be used because of the surface (eg tarmac) then use ballast weighing at least 163 kg with suitable fixings to attach the guy ropes. The inflatable should be tightly secured to the ground so that the wind cannot get under it and lift it up
  • if an inflatable is being used indoors, the operator’s manual will tell you what anchorage is needed to maintain the shape of the device and prevent overturn
  • no inflatable should be used in winds above 24 mph, which is Force 5 on the Beaufort Scale (small trees in leaf begin to sway)
  • some inflatables may have a lower maximum wind speed for operation. Always check the manufacturer’s operating manual to confirm the maximum wind speed for the safe operation of the inflatable
  • use an anemometer to measure the wind speed at regular intervals. If one of these is not available, the inflatable should not be operated
  • there are no holes or rips
  • all other equipment is safe, including the blower

Do not use, or allow another to use the inflatable, if:

  • Users are not supervised
  • Number of users exceeds the limit in the instructions
  • People are unable to get on an off safely
  • People are unable to use mats when getting off
  • Anchor points are not regularly checked
  • The inflatable is not deflated (safely) when the weather becomes unsuitable

The summer is upon us and should be enjoyed by all, safely.

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If you or somebody you know has been involved in an accident, please contact Ringrose Law on 01522 561020 and speak with the Personal Injury Department.

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