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We have all read the horror stories in the press regarding various incidents on bouncy castles.

To find out the the true perspective and how to safely enjoy read the TIPE Information Sheet

Industry Jargon Buster


BS EN 14960:2013

European Standard for bouncy castle manufacture, bouncy castle sales, bouncy castle testing, bouncy castle operation, bouncy castle supervision


Information Sheet 49

Following the withdrawal of Entertainment Sheet 7 TIPE worked closely with the Health and Safety Executive to produce an Information Sheet to cover the basic requirements of all



To find out more about hiring inflatable play equipment safely




If you are looking to hire an inflatable then check this Hirers directory.






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 has bouncy 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.