Bounce houses are, have been, and will always be fantastic sources of summer entertainment. To get the most use out of your bounce house, preferably for many years to come, it is highly recommended that you always take extra special care of your bounce house on a daily basis. Your bouncer, while strong enough to support multiple people jumping around inside of it at one time, can still be fragile and susceptible to accidental deflations. These deflations are unfortunate, but can be fought against with proper procedure.

The most likely source of a chance deflation occurring is due to an electrical power surge. Bounce houses need electricity to function. Every bounce house is inflated by a blower, which gets its power from being plugged into the nearest outlet at the set-up site. However, despite this reliance on the power to properly run, the electrical power can also be potentially dangerous. A bounce house can experience a sudden deflation for multiple reasons. A power outage striking your neighborhood will affect your outdoor outlets, deactivating the blower and shutting off the air generation. Without air being pumped into the device, the bounce house itself will start to deflate.

Another potential electrical problem that can accidentally deflate your bounce house is a tripped circuit breaker. As with the power outage scenario, your bounce house may remain out of commission at its current location until an electrician can properly repair the damage. The other common cause of sudden deflation can be an accidental unplugging of the cord, likely due to tripping over the wires. This is the most easily solved problem out of the sudden deflation situations. Simply rearrange the set-up area to fix the mistake; cover the cords with a mat or tarp to prevent continued tripping. Also consider adding additional extension cords to the set-up if the current cords are being stretched thin and off the ground.

These sudden deflations are unfortunate, and run the risk of happening with users still inside the device. This can be a potentially frightening situation, but all bounce house owners should refrain from panicking, and should instruct their guests to do the same. Even in an accidental situation, most bounce houses will still take around a minute to fully deflate. No electrical mishap can immediately cause a bounce house to fall apart. Safely escort all users out of the bouncing area. Once they are all clear and out of harm’s way, then you can determine what the problem is.

Although the potential risk of these situations may cause a temporary frenzy, such worry should not be permanent. None of these scenarios is harmful enough to cause a rip or tear in your inflatable device’s fabric. Also, if a power surge were to hit your electrical system, your bounce house itself would remain safe. In all set-ups, your bounce house will be properly spaced from the outlet to avoid direct contact with any rampant electricity.