Renting a bounce house is all fun and games until someone gets hurt! Here's what you should know for the next time you rent an inflatable:
There is no reason a bounce house can't be a fun energy sucker for the kids at your backyard BBQ or the perfect entertainer for your son/daughters birthday party. Here is your go-to inflatable guide:
Lesson 1: Finding the right company
There are two types of companies you will run into while calling around for quotes.
The First- this company will charge you an unbeatable fee for delivery, set up and removal of your bounce house. Typically this company does NOT carry insurance.
The Second- this company will charge you a a little bit more, very reasonable price, for the same services because they DO have insurance. <---You want to rent from this company!
Lesson 2: Set up of the bounce house
Most inflatable companies will deliver, set up and remove the bounce house. If they don't, find another company! You need a trained staff person to set your inflatable up for you. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the set up process. A bounce house is a pretty quick set up, first the staff will find flat level area to set up. Next, once it is placed and unrolled, they will attach the blower to the inflatable and run their cord to the power source (most call for a designated 20amp circuit). When the inflatable is completely inflated, they will use METAL stakes to secure the inflatable to the ground, the stakes should NEVER be plastic!! If the inflatable is on pavement you will see them secure the inflatable down with sand bags OR water bags. The staff person should check over one more time to ensure everything is good to go! This is the perfect time to ask any questions you may have.
Lesson 3: Safety Tips
All inflatables have different safety rules and recommendations. These will be posted right on the inflatable next to the entrance. Make sure to read these before using the inflatable! A few things it will say are:
1. Remove shoes, sharp objects, eye glasses, etc. before entering.
2. No horseplay
3. Do not enter the inflatable if you are pregnant, broken bones, sprained ligaments etc.
4. If the wind exceeds 15-20mph exit the inflatable and turn it off.
At the end of the day, the company will send someone to break the inflatable down and you can tell them how well everything went! Now you're an expert at knowing what to look for while renting a bounce house. Thanks for reading! Bye until next time!
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