Whether you are using a bounce house for residential or commercial purposes, it is highly important to set up the floor of the bounce house on a piece of ground that is flat and level. This is the first step to be made before a hopefully fun and exciting day with a bounce house, and it is critical that you set up the bounce house correctly to avoid complications, additional set-ups, and possible injury.
When you are planning out the party area for the right place for a bounce house, or are just blowing up a residential bounce house for a weekend, the ground is always the first thing you should be considering. The level of the land you use must be inspected beforehand for any protrusions or unevenness. The best type of land for a bounce house is a flat piece of grass without any trees, buildings or natural objects directly next to the fully inflated bounce house. It is important to give the bounce house the free space it needs to fully inflate, because setting up too close to a tree branch or building can accidentally cause a tear in the bounce house’s frame and structure. However, we don’t always have sizable fields and yards at our disposal; the best advice to give in a somewhat cramped set-up situation is to keep the bounce house as equally far away from potentially harmful objects as best you can. If the bounce house is being rented, the rental crew that accompanies the bounce house will assist you in the set-up process to find the best overall spot.
Using a hilly or uneven patch of grass or pavement can also lead to potential problems because there is a chance the bounce house will topple or break. Children love playing in a bounce house, and sometimes will take playtime to the extreme, bouncing and jumping as much as they can. The amount of children present in a bounce house jumping at the same time can cause friction against the bounce house’s frame, and on a hilly, unsmooth piece of land, the bounce house’s frame can begin to tilt or fall over from the pressure. The spikes that hold the bounce house to the ground will not be able to repair a tilt by themselves. In fact, in the worst case scenario, the spikes may actually be responsible for ripping or tearing a hole in the bounce house should it topple. Likewise, a bounce house pushed to its structural limits that’s been set up on pavement is even more susceptible to ripping and tearing due to the inherently more jagged nature of the concrete. The sandbags that hold a bounce house in place would not be very effective against cracked concrete.
It is recommended that you test out the land you plan on using for the bounce house set-up prior to the arrival of the rented or purchased bounce house. Whether the set-up will be in your yard or a local field, it would be wise to use a level tool to find the patch of grass that is the most even. All bounce house accidents can and will be easily avoided if you work to combat them ahead of time.