Bounce House Rental Safe Setup

When looking to book a Bounce House Rental do questions about safety and how the Bounce House Rental is setup come to mind? The Party Rental Specialists here at Five Little Monkeys have created this page to help answer some of those questions!

Bounce House Rental Safe Setup Key Points
•    Proper anchoring for your Bounce House Rental 
•    Overhead clearance above your Bounce House Rental
•    Bounce House Rental footprint measurements + open space around Inflatable
•    Bounce House Rental with proper power setup
•     Bounce House Rentals should be placed on an all-grass area
•    With your Bounce House Rental mark underground lines before delivery 

When booking a Bounce House Rental whether it is from Five Little Monkeys the Party Rental Specialists or another company making sure the Bounce House Rental is anchored correctly is just the start to ensuring you and your guests are kept safe! No sand bags should be used for any Inflatable Rentals your kids will be getting on. Setting the unit up on all grass during an outdoor event is the safest place/way to setup an Inflatable Bounce House Rental so that it can be staked into the ground. Before booking your Bounce House Rental ensure the company you are going with is staking the unit into the ground for all events taking place outdoors. Five Little Monkeys uses 18” stakes to assure a proper and safe setup. 

With your Bounce House Rental, you want to make sure that you have sufficient open space above the footprint of the Inflatable Rental itself. Bounce House Rentals are generally about 16 ft tall which requires more height/overhead space than you may realize. Setting up a Bounce House Rental under any electrical wires is dangerous. Tree branches rubbing on the unit could also cause damages. If you have a tree in your yard and believe that some of the branches may get in the way or rub on the Bounce House Rental, just give them a quick trim before your Inflatable Bounce House Rental is delivered.

Let’s say the Bounce House Rental footprint is measuring out to 15’L x 15’W and you measured your yard with an open space of 17’L x 17’W. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that would suffice as a safe setup for your Bounce House Rental. The Bounce House Rental industry best practices 1/2 the height of the unit should be additionally on each side of the Inflatable Rental. Here at Five Little Monkeys, we require a space of 30’L x 30’W for our standard Bounce House Rentals since they are generally 15ft-16ft tall. That would roughly be an additional 7.5ft of open space on each end of the Bounce House Rental. Times that by 4 and you get 30ft. Having open space around the Inflatable Bounce House Rental is important and will help ensure a safe setup since running around will more than likely be taking place.

The best power source for your Bounce House Rental would be an outdoor 20 amp GFCI outlet. An easy way to know if your outdoor outlet is GFCI or not would be the test/reset button that is located between each plug. It is not safe for your Bounce House Rental to be plugged into an indoor outlet. Five Little Monkeys requires that the power outlet be within 50ft from the setup area so the cord can also be safely tucked away to avoid any tripping hazards. The power source your Bounce House Rental is hooked up to should be on it’s own circuit as well to avoid any tripped circuit breakers. 

Bounce House Rentals and concrete setups do not mix well. The jumping or sliding in the Inflatable Bounce House Rental could not only cause damages to the unit itself, but you’re also at a higher risk of injuries as well. Bounce House Rentals should be setup on all grass to ensure proper anchoring with stakes into the ground. Anchoring with sand bags is unsafe for an outdoor setup because in the event a gust of wind arises during your Bounce House Rental period, the sand bags will not be able to keep the Inflatable Rental safely anchored to the ground like stakes do. In the event, anyone is running around the Bounce House Rental and falls, the grass is a much softer landing spot than concrete as well. 

Before your Bounce House Rental is delivered, it is a good idea to call MISS DIG to check for any underground utility lines. Five Little Monkeys strongly encourages this. Any private power lines or irrigation lines must be marked on your own. In the event there are any, you can flag these off so that the delivery crew does not accidently hit any of them during the setup for your Bounce House Rental. Any damage to, or resulting from, unmarked underground lines are the responsibility of the Renter. 
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Safety First Always

1- Watchdog Series 2 Blower Siren: This blower siren was designed in 2018 to detect air loss caused by power loss to the blower, child mischief, or even a major rip/tear in the bounce house or other inflatable rental, sounding a loud alarm to make sure attendants are immediately aware. ASTM (American Society of Testing & Materials) requires these for any inflatable with a slide platform over 8’ tall, given the tip-over risk associated with the unexpected deflation of an inflatable slide unit, but we offer them - free of charge - with all of our inflatable slides, obstacle courses, and other larger inflatable rentals.

2- Non-Slip Safety Mats: ASTM (American Society of Testing & Materials) and SIOTO (Safe Inflatable Operators Training Organization) recommend that, even on grass setups, all bounce house and inflatable rental entrances/exits have 2” foam non-slip safety mats extending 4’ in each direction, as slips/trips/falls are most common here. The surfaces of these mats should be non-slip, especially in the case of water slides. All of our bounce house and other inflatable rentals include these safety mats - free of charge!

3- Sufficient Ground Anchoring: ASTM (American Society of Testing & Materials) has written highly technical guidelines for manufacturers regarding the anchoring of inflatables, and almost all manufacturers now abide by these. However, some party rental setup crews take shortcuts here, by skipping some critical anchor points to save a few minutes. ALL anchor points on EVERY inflatable should be secured using at least 18” steel stakes – do not accept shortcuts!

4- Safe Entrances / Exits: Many older inflatables have unsafe entrance ramps, or none at all. Always look for bounce house and other inflatable rentals with entrance ramps, and ensure that these ramps have safety rails or, better yet, tunnel entrances like the one shown in the picture. Even with entrance/exit ramps that feature tunnels or safety rails, always ensure that 2" foam non-slip safety mats are placed to cover 4' in every direction of each entrance/exit - we include these - free of charge - with all of our ride-in/ride-on inflatable rentals.

5- Finger-Safe Mesh Windows: To better supervise your little jumpers, it's important that your bounce house rental has sufficient meshed window walls. More importantly, the mesh utilized in these window walls (and in other areas such as covered slide platforms) should be finger-safe; that is, small enough to not allow little fingers to get caught/tangled in the mesh, which could result in broken fingers or sprains.

6- Covered Roofs with Egress Ports: Bounce house rentals (and other inflatable rentals with bounce areas) without covered roofs can be tempting for little ones to climb up and out of – almost all new designs now have covered roofs. Also, ensure that the roof has an egress port (emergency exit) in the unlikely event the unit unexpectedly deflates and a secondary exit is required.

7- Covered Slide Platforms: ASTM (American Society for Testing & Materials) has issued guidelines requiring that all slide platforms be covered, and for good reason! Many older designs had open slide platforms where kids could fall (or more adventurous kids would attempt to jump) from the slide platform. The simple fix of having a covered slide platform is now the industry norm – all of our inflatable slide rentals feature enclosed slide platforms!

8a- Soft and Contained Slide Landing Area: Inflatable slides should have a soft, 18-24” deep inflatable slide landing area base, surrounded by inflatable containment walls, to ensure a soft landing for participants and keep them from sliding off the end of the slide and onto the ground.

8b- Inflatatable Water Slide Landing Areas: Our newer (safer) water slide designs keep water accumulation in the splash landing area to a maximum of 4" deep, instead utilizing an inflated base as a cushion (to reduce the potential for a drowning risk). Some states have already started to crack down on deep landing pools, such as Ohio.