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Never rush into buying a bouncy castle -
Bouncer castles have been around for years and you'll typically see one at a village fete or school fair, charity events, pub beer gardens or fun fairs. But nowadays there are plenty of great bouncy castles for sale which make wonderful additions to your garden.
There are many factors to take into consideration when buying an inflatable bounce castle including its size with regard to your garden, the quality of material it is made from, which accessories and additional features come with it and does it conform to safety standards.
Many parents choose to hire out a jumping castle for their kids -
A good size for a castle in a small garden is 8ft to 12ft -
If you have a small garden and buy a large castle it will dominate the whole are and leave very little space for other outdoor activities such as dining or playing. Most kids like to have a range of garden play things in their garden so you don't want a giant castle to hog all the space available.
You may wish to choose a bouncer which is themed on a children’s book or movie character
which your kids like -
Always check that your castle comes with a guarantee -
More expensive castles come with useful additional accessories such as a rain cover or electric air pump for easy inflation.
If you decide to hire out a castle instead of buying one, you should make sure that it has a PIPA certificate which means it is safe to use and has been manufactured to the current British Standards.
When buying a giant inflatable castle you should check that it comes with an electric fan or blower to ensure it is inflated fully at all times.This is not needed with medium or small bouncy castles as they can simply be inflated with an electric pump or hand pump.
It is also important to find out the recommended age limit for usage of a particular
play castle -
It's wise to buy a toughened plastic or canvas ground sheet to protect underside of your castle and if you purchase a large one you should always ensure it can if firmly anchored to the ground with anchor pegs. A sudden gust of wind has been known lift a castle into the air, posing a real dangers to any children using it.
If you choose to buy an expensive giant bouncer it's worth considering taking out insurance on it for peace of mind or adding it to your home contents insurance policy.
A decent quality carry bag is also a useful accessory to have -
Parents buying a new or second hand bouncer should note the name of the manufacturer and check it has a good reputation for producing top quality products that conform to safety standards.
When your castle is inflated and in place in your garden area, you should leave a minimum of two metres clearance all around it to allow children to access the castle easily and safely.
Make sure you supervise young children playing on an inflatable structure at all times and never use the castle in windy or wet conditions. A castle must be secured firmly to the ground with mooring straps at anchorage points.
Always try to buy a castle which is made of the most durable and best quality material you can afford. It should always be made from high quality material that meets safety standards.
A cheap plastic castle may be fine for light usage by very young toddlers and infants in calm weather conditions, but it will not stand up to the demands of lively older children. Tough material will stand up to plenty of bouncy action and will be much less likely to tear.