In recent months Bouncy Castles have become readily available through various stores and warehouses.
At first glance these units look just like the ones that you see at events and the pricing would indicate the advantage of buying as opposed to hiring.
You need to be aware that most of these units are rated as ‘toys’ and whilst they are suitable for home use, if you follow the instructions, they are not suitable for commercial use. Most packaging will carry a warning to that effect.
This year we had a number of enquiries from schools who had had one of these units donated by a parent and needed to get insurance cover. They were extremely disappointed when we told them that it would not be possible to get cover for a non commercial unit.
Many customers will ask whether or not an operator hasbouncy castle insurance.
The fact of the matter is that many hire companies do have insurance cover but this DOES NOT cover you if you are supervising the unit your selves. Any operator telling you otherwise is not telling you the truth.
Always ask to see a copy of their insurance anyway.
Operators are also required to have their equipment tested annually. Failure to do so will result in their insurance being void anyway. Good operators will always produce copies of their insurance and safety certificates if asked.
Operators are also required to issue Operating Instructions’ to a customer.