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Bouncy castles: safety advice

These simple precautions can help you avoid serious accidents, whether you supply bouncy castles and inflatables, or you are hiring one for your event.

Buying or hiring

If you’re buying or hiring an inflatable for private or public use you should make sure it has either a numbered PIPA tag or an ADiPs declaration of compliance (DoC).

It should also have:

You can check that safety tests have been carried out and to find out what to do if the equipment has no tag on the PIPA website or no DoC on the ADiPs website.

Before anyone uses it

When it’s inflated and before you use it, carry out safety checks, which include the following:

Safe use and supervision

The operator should follow the instructions, including making sure:

Hirers and operators must follow our more detailed guidance

Updated 2011-09-30