With summer approaching it’s time to remind operators of bouncy castles about the safety measures they need to take.
The government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently updated its guidelines for safe set-up, use and supervision, as well as tests and inspection.
Professional anemometers – wind meters – should gauge wind speed and no inflatable should be used in winds above 24mph, the equivalent to when small trees in leaf begin to sway. Some inflatables will have an even lower maximum wind speed limit.
Once set up, a series of further checks should be carried out, and when the bouncy castle is in use there should be constant supervision by at least one suitably trained person.
All inflatables should also have been tested to BS EN 14960 and have received an annual inspection by PIPA or ADIPS. This information should be available on a label on the inflatable itself and include the date of inspection.
Any inflatables not meeting these requirements should not be hired out, and it is the hiring companies' responsibility to arrange these inspections. In addition, the operator must follow the manufacturer's guidelines as well as train all staff.
For full details of HSE safety requirements and measures, click here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/entertain…/fairgrounds/inflatables.htm
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