Bouncy Castle Hire Tips for Customers

Bouncy castle hire is a great fun for your children’s birthday parties and is a great option all year round bouncy castle insurance, as they can be hired for indoor or outdoor venues, so weather doesn’t have to stop your kids having a great party . When hiring a bouncy castle, the best thing to do is to simply search for ‘bouncy castle hire ###’ using the search engines, where “###” is your city. Take a look at the top ranking 3 websites and at least one of them should be a decent quality business. By this, I mean prices will be reasonable, no surcharges will apply, unless overnight hire, or a generator are required. You should also ensure that when you make your booking that the pictures on the website will be the actual pictures of the bouncy castles that you will receive on the day and not a dirty, tatty, torn alternative. This is very common as lots of people buy old 3rd hand bouncy castles from auction websites and then rent them out on a weekend, but showing fake pictures on their websites, stolen from other websites.

To ensure your bouncy castle turns up on the day and it is a high quality inflatable, you should ask:

*how old is the bouncy castle? -less than 3-4 years is fine.
are they manufactured in the UK to British Standard BS EN 14960? – this ensures safe materials, that are fire retardant and don’t irritate skin and that the bouncy castles are bouncy enough to be safe, as well as being strong enough to withstand the forces applied, i.e. wind, bouncing kids, etc. Some bouncy castles are so poor that you can feel the ground underneath when sanding on them… imagine if this were your child’s head!
*Does the inflatable have an RPII initial test certificate and a PIPA tag (annual safety inspection, kind of like MOT’s for cars in the UK) – this ensures that the inflatables still comply with the British Standard, each year after they were manufactured.

Many companies use cheaper, non standard bouncy castles, imported from China, which may not be safe, or as high quality as the inflatables that are manufactured in the UK. I would avoid these companies!

High quality UK manufactured castles are manufactured using more expensive materials and so do not require big high powered fans to keep them inflated, as they do not leak air. They reach their equilibrium pressure much quicker, with a quieter, lower power fan. Therefore, with quality hire companies, you will spend less on electric usage which is only about £0.40 per day anyway, but at least your children will be less likely to injure themselves by striking their heads on the floor, due to the partial deflatedness of the equipment.

I don’t suppose the typical person thinks of all of this when booking a bouncy castle, but if you do and you are reading this article, then it is definitely worth considering. It is always better to get a brand new inflatable delivered on time, rather than a 12 year old non-bouncy castle delivered 2 hours late or not at all. Imagine a childrens party in a sports hall and the inflatable never arrives… the kids would be gutted. I suppose the difference is that some companies are run on the side by people working full time, whereas other hire companies are solely hire companies and have a number of staff, with spare vans and spare equipment to cover every eventuality and ensuring the booking can be kept, even if some staff are poorly, etc.

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