Inflatable Rides Safety Walkthrough

Inflatable Rides Safety Walkthrough

In recent years, the number of inflatable amusement activities found on agritourism operations has been steadily increasing. Children love to play on bounce houses, jumping pillows, inflatable slides, and other types of inflatable rides. Unfortunately, as these inflatable rides become more common, the number of injuries from them also increases.1,2

Common causes of injuries from inflatable rides include:

  • Collision with another person
  • Falling off inflatable portion onto hard surface
  • Catching foot or hand in some part of the structure
  • Attempting flips, jumping or sliding head down
  • Wind gusts catching an improperly anchored structure
  • Rapid deflation of an inflatable

Steps can be taken to reduce the likelihood of a child being injured while playing on an inflatable ride. The “walkthrough” that follows will provide some safety guidelines and recommendations, as well as links to useful resources.



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A "Walkthrough" refers to "walking through" or looking through a series of pictures, and deciding if they show hazards and/or safety items, or if safety items are lacking. After evaluating the pictures and giving an answer, a correction will appear with additional guidelines, recommendations and resources.