Safety is a top priority when planning any party or event. You want your guests or children to be safe and enjoy the time they are spending with you. When renting a bounce house the question arises, is my bounce house safe for my kids? Bounce house safety is not a complex topic, check out this simple checklist to see if your bounce house rental is safe.
Bounce house safety checklist
Bounce house & inflatable Anchoring
Whether setting up your own personal bounce house or contracting a rental company like Home Executive Events & Entertainment, the anchoring for your inflatable is important. No bounce house or other inflatable amusement should be operated without anchoring. The stories that abound in the news about children "flying away" in an inflatable are always caused by improper anchoring. Be sure to use 18 inch long stakes to anchor your inflatables. When a rental company sets up an inflatable in your yard, be sure that they company uses adequate anchoring and places either a stake or sandbag at each anchoring point on the inflatable.
Cleanliness is key!
Be sure to keep your bouncehouse clean! Bounce houses and other inflatables pick up dirt and bacteria as does everything else that lives on our planet. The key is keeping any harmful viruses and bacteria out of your inflatables. It may sound awful but using a basic disinfectant will alleviate all your worry! Be sure to check with your bounce house company to ensure that they disinfect and clean the bounce house after every use. If you are using a privately owned bounce house be sure to clean it regularly and ensure that every surface of the bounce house is disinfected.
Ensure you are insured
Be sure to check what insurance coverage you need for hosting a bounce house on your property. If you are using a party rental company ask about obtaining a certificate of insurance. If you own the bounce house be sure to check with your homeowners insurance company to ensure you are covered for any injuries in your bouncehouse.
Remember, a safe party is a fun party. Be sure to cover all the bases with your inflatable rental!
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Renting a bounce house should be a stress free process. There can be a lot of questions that arise when incorporating a bounce house or other inflatable rental into your party or event. Check out the following guide that will answer some of the basic questions that we commonly receive from customers. Be sure to subscribe to our feed for the latest updates in the Cleveland Party Rental market.
1.Which bounce house is best for my party?
This can perhaps be the most difficult to pose and yet easiest to answer question. Most bounce houses have a standard size of 15 feet by 15 feet by 15 feet. Basically a giant cube! Be sure to measure your space. It will be your available space that will determine what kind of bounce house is right for your party. Does your party have a theme? Some bounce houses have a themed panel which can match your party. There are all sorts of Themed Bounce Houses available.
2. Can the bounce house go in a parking lot or driveway?
Certainly! Bounce houses are made with rugged vinyl and resist most forms of wear and tear. Be sure to mention what surface you plan to put the bounce house or inflatable on. This will let the representative from your rental company know which anchoring devices to bring with the inflatable. Generally inflatables are anchored with stakes when on grass and sandbags when on hard surfaces like asphalt.
3. Do i need insurance?
Insurance is not required for small private parties. You are responsible for any injuries that occur in the bounce house on your property. It may sound scary but there are options. You can have your guests sign a standard waiver form or you can ask your bounce house company to provide staffing for your event. A staffed event is covered under the rental company's insurance. Companies like Executive Events & Entertainment generally carry a 2 million dollar policy. You can also request a certificate of insurance labeling you or your entity as additionally insured under the rental company's policy. This may incur an additional fee to your rental but that fee provides you with the piece of mind. If you are planning an event which will be open to the public, we suggest you obtain the insurance certificate.
It may sound scary but any rental company should be able to answer any insurance or liability questions you may have. Never use a company that cannot provide you with licensing and insurance information. In the state of Ohio, all inflatables used for rentals must be licensed and insured by law.
4. how many people can be on the inflatable at once?
This will vary depending on what bounce house you choose to rent. The larger the bounce house the more people can use it at once. It is important to ensure that you do not put too many people in the bounce house or inflatable. Make sure everyone has at least 4 feet of bouncing space around them. Most injuries in bounce houses occur when there are too many people inside it at once.
Renting a bounce house should be a smooth process. Be sure to take the above points into consideration and do not be afraid to ask your rental representative about insurance, licensing, and setup processes. Remember, price should not be the only factor to consider when renting a bounce house or inflatable. When done correctly, inflatables can be a safe and affordable way to add some fun to your next party or event.
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