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Tuesday, 02 April 2013

Safety considerations at your next party!

As the summer months quickly approach and go away, so too does the busy season for inflatable rentals. It is important for the protection of guests that you have procedures in place in case of an emergency. When operating your inflatable there are a number of factors that can affect the product and its performance that are out of your control. You need to have a plan of action in place in the event of a dangerous situation arising during operation of your inflatable.

Loss of Power

  1. Remain calm and clear headed.
  2. Remove everyone from the inflatable as quickly, and orderly, as possible.
  3. Most inflatables will deflate slowly to the ground, allowing you time to get everyone out of the structure.
  4. While it may be difficult to walk around and exit the structure, most inflatables have an opening on the roof that allows for plenty of ventilation.
  5. If the power to the inflatable suddenly stops; immediately check the blower.
  6. Check to see if it has been switched off or pulled out of the power outlet.
  7. Next check the GFCI (this is your electrical outlet with a test and reset button), if the reset button is popped out and the green light is off then it has tripped and you may be pulling more than that GFCI can handle. (We recommend plugging our inflatable blower into a separate circuit, these machines often pull a lot of power and even more when first inflating a unit)
  8. If you do not have a GFCI or you cannot reset it using the reset button, then check your breakers for one that may have tripped. (a tripped breaker appears to be halfway off, first turn it to the off position and then back on to reset) The breaker box can be hard to find sometimes, check the garage, or outside the house near the meter, sometimes they are in utility closets. It is best to know where your breaker box is before you need to know! Once you reset the breaker, you will also need to reduce the stress by unplugging something from the circuit otherwise the breaker will likely trip again, maybe even immediately after resetting it.
  9. If you still do not have power to the blower, you might try a different extension cord if one is being used. You might also check that the outlet is working using a lamp or other small appliance.
  10. If you have gotten this far in troubleshooting and are still not getting power, then we want you to call us right away! (702) 349-5765

High Winds

Another emergency situation for an outdoor party rental inflatable is sudden strong winds. Winds can be very dangerous to inflatables and the people inside them.

  1. The general rule of thumb for inflatables is to deflate them in winds exceeding 25 mph. This can be difficult to estimate on a whim.
  2. If you see large tree branches swaying in the wind, the telephone wires are creating a whistling noise, or an umbrella can be used only with difficulty you can assume that it is unsafe to operate an inflatable.
  3. Have everyone exit the inflatable and immediately turn the power to the blower off.
  4. If the high winds dissipate and it feels safe to use the bounce house again, turn the blower back on and check that all stakes and sandbags are in the proper position and securing the unit before allowing riders to enter

Rainy or Wet Conditions

Rain can be another emergency situation for operating an inflatable. The electrical motor inflating the unit and any extension cords (if used) can create electrical hazards if they were to become wet or submersed in water. Also, wet vinyl can become extremely slippery and it could be hazardous to continue bouncing in wet conditions.

  1. Avoid using an inflatable in any type of rainy situation as the wet vinyl can be slippery for those inside the inflatable, providing a dangerous situation. If the rain is light sprinkle you can certainly leave the inflatable up. Most inflatables have a roof that will keep most light rain from landing on the play surface and the air pressure will prevent too much water from entering the base of the unit.
  2. If the rain looks to be heavy or long lasting you should turn the power off and remove the blower from the unit, moving the blower indoors. It is advisable to also untie the sandbags or stakes from one side of the inflatable and fold it in half. This will prevent an abundance of water from getting into the unit.
  3. If you have an extra tarp you may also want to cover the deflated inflatable.

Knowing how to deal with emergency situations if they arise will make it easy to keep your events accident-free and your party rentals from enduring any damage. Good luck and happy party renting.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 November 2014 )
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