Inflatables have sometimes earned a bad rap. Dramatic accidents and footage of inflatables flying through the air don’t help. If you have heard of some of this bad press, you may wonder: Is it safe to commit to an inflatable rental for your corporate event or town festival? Here’s a look at how safe inflatables really are.
Injuries due to inflatables are less frequent than are playground injuries.
Someone trying to scare you away from inflatables for your college events might give you statistics like a child is hurt on an inflatable every 46 minutes, or there are more than 10,000 injuries due to inflatables every year.
Sounds scary, right? What you may not realize when hearing these facts is that they are actually less than the injuries that occur on playgrounds every year. While there were more than 113,000 injuries due to inflatables between 2003 and 2013, medical professionals treat more than 200,000 playground injuries every year.
What does this mean? Not that you should stop allowing your child to play on the playground, but that inflatables are actually pretty safe compared to other childhood pursuits. You can go ahead and get that inflatable rental with confidence.
Most inflatables accidents are related to misuse of the inflatables.
As with most activities, safety depends upon taking proper precautions. When you rent inflatables for your company picnic or town festival, you will also receive instructions on how to operate it safely. Keeping inflatables safe to use is only possible if you follow all of these instructions. You may need to address any of the following issues:
- Number of people inside the inflatables
- Ages/sizes of people inside the inflatables
- Proper supervision at the inflatables (including having Big Bounce staff the units)
- A reliable and safe power source
- Proper use of the inflatables
- Proper staking of the inflatables
There may also be other areas you need to address in order to ensure the safe and fun use of your inflatables rentals.
It can be tempting to ignore these instructions and precautions. However, it is when people do overlook necessary safety steps that the majority of inflatables accidents occur. Overcrowded inflatables lead to bumps and injuries. Leaving inflatables out in strong wind can lead to them blowing away. A power source that shorts can lead to collapsed inflatables.
Inflatables are safe when used properly.
What can we conclude, then?
That when safety instructions are followed, and the proper precautions are taken, inflatables rentals can be a memorable addition to your next corporate or college events.
The key is to use the inflatables properly. This means, first, making sure you understand all of the instructions regarding the use of the inflatables and that you have the space and the power source necessary to safely operate them. Steady power and enough space will ensure that your inflatables rentals provide safe but exciting fun for the duration of the party.
In addition, when using inflatables, pay attention to the people and behavior inside them. Overcrowded spaces are prime locations for accidents. Overly excited older children may pose a hazard to younger children. By supervising these elements, you minimize the risk of any injuries occurring.
Here at Big Bounce, all of our crew members are trained by the Safe Inflatable Operators Training Organization (SIOTO). SIOTO is the industry leader in inflatable safety, and their training includes areas such as weather, wind, power lines, generators and electrical and inflatable capacity.
Inflatables can make a great addition to your next town festival or company picnic. Everyone loves the freedom of bouncing with others. Here at Big Bounce Fun House Rentals, we offer a wide variety of inflatables in a variety of sizes to match your needs and to ensure an amazing time for everyone at your next event.
When considering an inflatable rental, do not be deterred by rumors that inflatables are not safe. Instead, consider the fact that they are safer than are other pursuits and that most accidents happen from not taking proper precautions. A properly operated inflatable can truly provide hours of fun for everyone at your next event.