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What to Consider When Renting a Bounce House

Bounce houses are one of the most popular entertainments for small children. Individuals can now bring the fun and excitement to their own yard with rentable inflatables. The bright colors and themes are a sure-fire way to enliven any children’s event. However, there are some things to consider before renting a bounce house of which everyone should be aware.

Age Limits

Bounce houses should only be used by children between the ages of 6 to 12 for safety. Any child in a bounce house should be able to exit on their own and children under the age of 6 don’t have the coordination or motor skills required to navigate the inflatables.

Size Matters

It’s important to rent the right size bounce house for the ages and number of children that will be using it to ensure enough room to bounce safely. Children of the same approximate weight – or the same age – should be grouped together to mitigate inequities in force when youngsters are playing.


It’s possible that a homeowner’s insurance policy will cover any potential injuries or property damage if the inflatable malfunctions, but check first. Always ensure that the rental company has insurance, what type and what’s covered.

Contracts and Waivers

Individuals will need to sign a waiver when the equipment is delivered to verify that they’ll take responsibility for the inflatable and how it’s used. Be sure to get a written contract, read it, and understand the terms before signing. Individuals shouldn’t sign any paperwork when the inflatable is delivered unless they’ve inspected it for damage. Never sign paperwork that says “as-is.”

Proper Positioning

The bounce house must be set up on level ground free of rocks, twigs and debris. It must be positioned away from close proximity with fences, structures, trees, and electrical lines. The inflatable must be secured to the ground and most companies will do this as part of the rental contract. A generator might need to be rented separately to adequately inflate the bounce house.


A bounce house must have responsible adult supervision at all times to enforce rules. Those include no shoes in the bounce house and no sharp objects that might puncture the inflatable. That means checking the pockets of users. If rain or wind is present, remove the children to a safe location and turn off the generator that keeps the bounce house inflated.

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