4 Things to ask for when hiring a bouncy castle

Who doesn't love a bouncy castle and at your celebration what better way to keep the kids entertained, or the adults! With bouncy castles now coming in all shapes and sizes, is your provider legal and compliant?

Who doesn't love a bouncy castle and at your celebration what better way to keep the kids entertained, or the adults! With bouncy castles now coming in all shapes and sizes, is your provider legal and compliant?


  1. Has it been tested?
    This is probably the most important one to check with your hirer and to make sure you’re in safe hands. Each inflatable should be safety tested annually in accordance with the European standards EN14960:2013. A safety certificate should be easily available for inspection from the hirer upon request. If not, you may want to choose someone else! This is the law, and all companies must have their inflatables tested annually by a competent person who is confirmed by RPII or ADIPS. Once they have tested the inflatable, they will issue their own certificate and/or a RPII or PIPA Certificate. PIPA Tag

  2. Are they insured?
    All hirers should be covered by Public Liability Insurance and able to provide this certificate for inspection when asked. Again if they cannot supply you with a valid copy of the insurance certificate, you may want to choose someone else! Key Point - if they have public liability insurance but do not have a safety test certificate then the insurance is void.

  3. Are they PAT tested?
    There is currently no strict legal requirement for PAT testing. The Government however has put regulations into place that pertain to the maintenance of electrical appliances and the most effective way to ensure that these regulations are met is through PAT testing (Portable Appliance Testing). Any reputable inflatable hirer should have a valid PAT test certificate for their blowers.

  4. Do they have a risk assessment and/or a method statement?
    Depending on where you are holding your celebration, some venues will require suppliers to provide them with all the above paperwork along with a risk assessment and/or a method statement. Again a reputable supplier should have there to hand. If they do not they may be refused entry to the venue.


Don’t forget you have the right to ask! Your hiring them as a professional for your Celebration and you want to make sure that all your guests are safe. If the hirer is unable to provide you with any of the above documents for inspection then we would seriously consider you look for another, who can.


Inflatables are great fun and who doesn't love a good bouncy around at a party. But if they haven't been tested and are unsafe this could put you and your guests in serious danger should something go wrong. A badly maintained inflatable is more likely to put you at risk.