Bouncy Castles and Other Inflatable Amusement Rides

Safety issues and best practices for setup and use

The type of amusement ride known as a bouncy castle, jumping house or inflatable bouncer has become an extremely popular attraction at events such as fairs, fundraisers, and special activity days. Children clearly enjoy jumping around on a bouncy castle’s inflated floor or sliding down an inflatable slide.

While these “pillow-y”, air-supported structures look harmless, there are real injury risks associated with them — particularly when they are misused, operated without adequate adult supervision, or used in adverse weather conditions. In fact, with the proliferation of these devices in recent years, the number of bouncer-related injuries has risen sharply.

According to one study…

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