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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.