Can I Put My Bounce House on Grass, Cement or Gravel
Bounce houses are one of the most popular inflatable rentals for children ages 6 to 12. If you’re
considering renting one of the amusements, there are some things to keep in mind, especially
Grass is the preferred surface for a bounce house, but the entertainments can also be set up on
cement or concrete – providing the surface is smooth. The inflatables can be placed on smooth
gravel, but it’s not a good idea in terms of child safety.
Even asphalt is acceptable, providing it’s in the shade. Asphalt can reach temperatures of 125°
F. on a 75-degree day, posing a danger to children and the inflatable. Bounce houses should
never be placed near water or on a slope.
Safety should lead the way when setting up a bounce house. Make sure the ground where the
bounce house will set is free of sticks, rocks and other sharp objects such as sprinkler heads.
Never place a bounce house near power lines or other utilities, fences, structures, or low
Keep in mind that children often stumble when they exit a bounce house and can fall. There
should be ample space on all sides of the bounce house that’s clear of any objects that
youngsters may potentially fall on.
Bounce House Supervision
Your bounce house rental will provide hours of fun for youngsters, but children should never be
left alone in the amusement. You’re going to need a responsible adult to supervise usage for
safety. Only children age 6 to 12 should be allowed in a bounce house. Youngsters under the
age of 6 don’t have the coordination, strength or balance to right themselves if they fall.
The adult will also need to ensure that children remove their shoes, jewelry and glasses before
entering and don’t have any sharp objects in their pockets that could puncture the bounce
house. Take care to limit the number of children using it at one time and ensure that
youngsters of the same height, weight and build use the device at the same time. The ripples
created by jumping can knock smaller children off their feet and lead to injury.