Using a bouncy castle on the beach

Running a bouncy castle or other inflatable on a beach can be a very good money earner in the summer and autumn. However, there are some extra considerations that must be made for safety reasons and also for the care of the inflatable.

Things you need to watch out for are as follows:

1) Can the inflatable be properly staked down? If the sand is very soft, you may need to use rope to tie the unit down. Alternatively, you could use heavy sand-bags tied to each anchor point.

2) You need to make sure that no sand gets into the blower. If it does it could seriously damage the motor-bearings. A large groundsheet and wind-break would help to prevent this problem from happening.

3) On very wind days the bouncy castle or inflatable should not be used.

4) It is a good idea to check with your insurance company to make sure that they are happy for you to site it on a beach.

5) Always make sure that the inflatable is supervised by a sensible adult.

6) Do keep an eye on the tide. Also you need to give yourself at least 15 minutes to pack the inflatable away. Please check the tide tables for high tides, rip tides, and spring tides etc.

7) Do keep an eye out for people who show signs of being drunk (Alcohol and bouncing do not mix!!)

8) Do make sure that young children do not wander too close to the sea – try to make sure their parents keep an eye on them at all times.

9) Try to make sure that the bouncy castle has a roof (or cover) to help[ prevent children from getting sunburnt.

10) Use your common sense as much as possible.

Article prepared by Mark Jerram (8-8-2007) Founder of the BIHA. www.biha.org.uk

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