Event Planning: Bouncy Castles and other inflatables
If you are intending to have a bouncy castle or any other inflatable at your event you need to ask the operators to provide the following documents:
- a risk assessment
- a copy of £5 million public liability insurance
- a method statement and registration documents if applicable.
Other important points to consider include:
- Check the condition of the inflatable to make sure it is in good condition and safe.
- A safety mat (minimum of 1” thickness) should be at the entrance of any inflatable.
- It needs to be securely fixed to the ground with guy ropes and long stakes or mooring straps and these are clearly visible and fenced off.
- The electrical apparatus or generator to the inflatable is fenced off.
- It must be supervised by a competent adult at all times.
- No children that use it should be taller than the height of its walls.
- It must be operated as per manufacturer’s and operator’s guidelines.
- Make sure it has a safety certificate and £5 million public liability insurance, held by the operator/owner.
- Bouncy castles and other inflatables are not permitted on the highway.