How to use Inflatables Safely

By Melanie B, 4-1-2013
INTRODUCTION


Safe play is important to all families, especially during physical activity. To business owners, the safety of the service they provide is also crucial to the success of the business. 

Used properly, Blast Zone inflatables are an extremely safe, fun way for kids to play, burn off energy, and develop motor skills. 

Below is a handy safety guide for using Blast Zone inflatables

This guide does not cover all safety measures, so please refer to your user manuals and local governing authorities for additional guidelines.
 

Bounce House Safety Guide


We are sure safety is your top priority, just as it is here at Blast Zone. We manufacture all our products according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's guidelines , and go beyond structural requirements to create the safest inflatable possible.  

At home there are many things you can do to provide a safe and fun experience with your inflatable product. First and foremost, use common-sense safety practices at all times. Here are some additional guidelines to help you along.

Anchoring is critical. Your inflatable must be properly anchored using stakes and/or sand bags at all times.

Beyond this, the most important safeguard that must be in place is having a responsible adult actively supervising at all times to prevent accident or injury.

Never leave players unattended at any time. Ensure that you can observe all parts of the play area, all activity on the inflatable device, and keep the entrance free from obstruction at all times.

INFLATABLE WATER PARK SAFETY



If you have an Inflatable Waterpark, it is of utmost importance to have an adult actively supervising the Inflatable Waterpark at all times. Drowning occurs silently and quickly. 

  • Keep children in your direct sight when they are in or near the Constant Air Inflatable and when you are filling and emptying the Constant Air Inflatable.
  • When searching for a missing child, check the pool first, even if you think your child is in the house.
  • While we recommend that you install fencing or some other effective barrier around all sides of the Inflatable Waterpark, be aware that state or local laws or codes may actually require that you do so. Check state or local laws and codes before setting up the Constant Air Inflatable.

 

INFLATABLE SAFETY RULES


Before you ever even set up the Inflatable product, read and be familiar with the owner's manual. Be certain you read and understand any warning labels on the Inflatable

When you take down the Inflatable make sure the area is clear of any players. 

Insist on appropriate play. Set rules and make sure they are followed. Teach players the proper way to use the Inflatable. Children naturally love to play hard, but know that rough housing is one of the most common ways players are injured. 

Players should be of about the same size, weight, and ability. For example, it may be unsafe to have 12 year olds playing on the Inflatable at the same time as six year olds. 

You will probably come up with a few common sense safety ideas of your own, in addition to the following rules: 

  • No rough play.
  • Bounce away from others.
  • Avoid contact between players.
  • No unsafe moves or stunts such as somersaults, flips, gymnastic moves, etc.
  • Only one user may slide at a time.
  • Always make sure slide is clear of others before sliding.
  • Slide feet first, never head first.
  • Do not jump down the slide.
  • Never stand up on slide platform.
  • Do not climb or hang on containing walls.
  • Do not eat, drink or chew gum in play area (choking hazard).
  • Keep hands away from netting.
  • No sharp or dangerous objects.
  • Remove shoes, glasses, loose clothing, head gear, jewelry, helmet. Do not jump onto or off of the Inflatable.
  • When climbing platforms, always climb in an upright position, placing feet in foot holes, and placing hands on support handles.

Pay attention to the weather. Take note of not only current weather conditions but forecasted conditions as well, since weather can change very quickly. Do not use in rain, strong wind or extreme weather conditions. As a general rule, use your Inflatable in winds not exceeding 15 miles per hour. 

Protect players while protecting the Inflatable. Keep the unit away from heat and open flame at all times. Material will burn or melt when in contact with flame or heat, and may cause product failure.

  • Maximum weight limits must be adhered to at all times, or the unit may fail. Refer to your product manual for specific player weight and height limits.
  • Keep sharp objects out of the play area.
  • Do not use in direct sun if temperatures are above 90 degrees Fahrenheit as the surfaces may become too hot for safe play.
  • Do not attach items to the Inflatable device that are not specifically designed for use with the Inflatable device, A few examples are jump ropes, clothesline, pet leashes, cables and chain as they could become a strangulation hazard.
  • Keep pets off of the Inflatable device.
  • Do not smoke in play area (duh!).

IMPORTANT:

Certain medical conditions may make it unsafe for play on Inflatable products . The following is not a complete list. Always check with your physician if you have any concerns or questions about the appropriateness of playing on an inflatable toy. 

The product must not be used if the player has any of the following medical conditions:

  • Neck, back, or joint injuries
  • heart problems
  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • circulatory problems
  • other health concerns

Be prepared for an emergency by having a phone with a list of emergency numbers near the Inflatable

For safe use of the blower it must be operated and supervised by an adult and should never be left unattended while in use.

  • In case of blower malfunction, tighten blower vent and evacuate play area immediately.
  • Keep children away from blower. Children will naturally be curious, but must be reminded that it is not a toy and they must not be allowed near it.
  • Check the Blower before every use to be sure it will operate correctly and safely. Fix the blower when necessary to maintain safe operation.
  • To avoid risk of injury, do not direct stream of air at face or body.
  • Do not insert foreign objects , fingers, toes, etc. into the blower, or it may cause injury. Using common sense will serve you well.
  • Use the blower according to directions. Ensure you have the correct electrical source, connected to a grounded receptical with a GFCI (ground-fault circuit interupter).
  • Do not use a damaged power cord.
  • Use all care to keep the unit dry and out of water, whether it is in use or being stored. Never plug or unplug the blower with wet hands or while standing in water. If blower gets wet stop use.
  • To reduce the risk of fire or electrical shock, do not use this product with any solid-state speed control device.
  • The power supply should be disconnected if the Blower needs to be moved.
  • When not in use, unplug and store the Blower indoors, in a dry place out of children's reach.

We wish you many happy hours of fun and safe Inflatable play!

Please note, operators of commercial Inflatables have an additional series of safety guidelines to follow.