Newspapers in the USA have been reporting about a Toy Jumping Castle flying 15 metres in the air with 3 children inside.
SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Two young boys were seriously hurt late Monday afternoon when a gust of wind blew an inflatable “bounce house” into the air with three children inside, tossing two of them to the asphalt from at least 15 feet above ground.
Managing Director of Sydney based Bubbling With Energy Entertainment, James Rubiolo, is calling on the Department of Fair Trading to consider introducing safe manufacturing standards for Toy Jumping Castles.
“As a commercial operator using commercially graded Inflatable Jumping Castles we are required to comply with one of the safest manufacturing standards in the world for Jumping Castles called AS3533, yet the Toy Jumping Castles sold via retail outlets are released from complying with this standard“, Mr Rubiolo said. He warns unsuspecting parents that these Toy Jumping Castles could result in injuries to their children or someone else’s child when used in high winds.
All our operators are trained in the safe installation and use of our Jumping Castles. They use a wind scale and anchor the inflatable according to the standards with large reinforced steel pegs.
If parents are considering using a Toy Jumping Castle they should do the following:
- Pay attention to the weather and avoid jumping castles on windy days.
- Make sure the jumping castle has a sound anchorage system and is secured adequately.
- Check the jumping castle for any wear and tear that could result in it deflating and suffocating your child.
- Make sure there are no sharp objects near the set up area.
- Use safety mats at entrance/exits of the Jumping Castle.
- Limit the number of children allowed on the jumping castle and only allow similar sized children on each time to limit collisions that could cause injury.
- Supervise children closely when on the jumping castle for safety – treat the jumping castle similar to a swimming pool.
- If you are renting an inflatable jumping castle ask about the operator’s experience, safety record and training requirements and whether they are members of the Amusement Associations such as AAA (Australian Amusement Association) or AALARA (Australian Amusement Leisure and Recreation Association).
- Make sure the jumping castle is set up by trained professionals who are familiar with the equipment.
- Spend the extra money to have a trained operator supervising the jumping castle at all times.
- When hiring a jumping castle parents should ensure the operators have Public Liability insurance and are familiar with both the equipment and AS 3533.