The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a reminder of its latest safety advice with regard to bouncy castles and other inflatables, outlining how simple precautions can help to avoid serious incidents.

The advice is aimed at suppliers of the inflatables, as well as those who are hiring the equipment for an event.

The HSE says that whether buying or hiring an inflatable for private or public use, it is important to make sure the inflatable has either a numbered tag from PIPA, the inspection scheme set up by the inflatable play industry, or a declaration of compliance (DoC) from the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures (ADIP).

The inflatable should also have written documentation from a competent inspection body to show it complies with British Standard BS EN 14960 and instructions on how to operate it safely.

The HSE has outlined a number of safety checks to carry out before the equipment is inflated and used, as well as a list of instructions for the operator of the equipment.

The reminder follows a spate of accidents in recent years, culminating in a call for a ban on bouncy castles and other inflatables at the end of 2018 from Robert Halfon, the former Minister and Conservative MP for Harlow.

He was quoted in The Telegraph as saying, “Twenty injuries since 2011, we’ve had two tragic deaths — the time for just looking at it is over.”

Last reviewed 7 May 2019