The bounce house is one of the most desired entertainment devices a child could ever wish for, and its popularity grows every day. Part of the source of the popularity, besides the amount of fun each bounce house provides, is the sheer variety of inflatable devices available for purchase and rental, from standard jump houses, to inflatable water slides, to giant obstacle courses, and more. However, despite the wide amount of bounce houses available today, there are a handful of general rules and safety tips that apply to all bounce houses and inflatable devices. Following these general rules will prevent injury and possible tearing of the bounce house, as well as leading to fun for all bouncers and jumpers.

When you’re the owner of a bounce house, one of the safest things you can do is to always stay below the intended weight limit of your inflatable device. Each bounce house available for purchase has its own unique limit on how many people (or children) can play in a bounce house at any one time. In addition to the number of people, each bounce house has its own unique maximum combined weight of the users. Neither capacity can be exceeded, as doing so will provide a massive risk to the inflatable device’s walls and floors. The walls of the bounce house can, and likely will burst if you include too many people or add too much weight to the interior. This is what keeps adults from bouncing alongside their children, but rest assured, adults are still highly encouraged to supervise their children during playtime.

Another potential risk to the bounce house is shoes, and whether or not children wear them while bouncing. Every wall of every major inflatable device is made from a woven vinyl material. This material is woven to varying degrees, depending on the size and scale of the bouncer. While bounce houses are strong enough to retain all the air inside their walls, they may not be strong enough to withstand shoes. With multiple children constantly hopping up and down on top of their inflated pieces, a bounce house will take major, constant usage. Gym shoes and sneakers, commonly worn by children, may contain material that is too strong for the bounce house. With so many children all bouncing at once, adding a material that could potentially damage or tear the bounce house fabric would be a needlessly dangerous risk. Have children wear their socks, or go barefoot, but have them leave their shoes by the door.

There has never been a bounce house or inflatable device that has ever allowed food or drink to be brought inside of the structure. Never let children bring snacks or drinks inside of the bounce house under any circumstances! Since kids will be bouncing constantly while inside the bouncer, anything they carry will inevitably be dropped or spilled onto the floor of the bounce house. Dropped food can lead to messes that will require immediate cleaning and sanitation to remove, if not permanent stains in the vinyl fabric. Spilled liquid will settle on the fabric if not cleaned up, leading to possible mildew, mold, or deterioration of the fabric.

There is one final general rule that must be considered when holding a bounce house party. Parents, tell your children and their friends that above all else, have fun. Parents will always be present at the event to make sure that playtime doesn’t get too rough, and will be there if something goes wrong (either injuries or holes in the bounce house fabric). Playtime is supposed to be fun and memorable, and as long as you follow the simple rules, bounce houses can create an endless number of playtimes for all children.