Bouncing Castle & Inflatable Safety Test Ireland2017-08-03T19:08:02+00:00

Bounce Ireland are Ireland’s leading testers of Inflatables and Bouncy Castles.

We are now an Inspection Body for bouncy castle testing and inflatable testing in Ireland as defined by the European Standard and RPII Register of Play Inspectors International.

A safety standard has been set (EN 14960 -2013) which has been accepted by all European countries including Ireland.
Bounce Ireland – in conjunction with the IIHF (Irish Inflatable Hirers Federation) – recommends that all bouncy castles and inflatables be manufactured and tested to this standard.
We offer a same day service for testing when available and Test Certificates are valid for 1 year from date of successful test. For more information on European Safety Standard Testing, please contact Gerry directly on 086 686 7514.

 

What is the Bouncy Castle testing and the Inflatable Safety Test? A brief introduction…

Bouncy castle testing is the implementation of the European Safety Standard EN 14960: 2013.

This sets out the minimum standards required for inflatables who’s primary purpose is bouncing or sliding on. 

There are many elements to a safety test but some of the most important are:

Anchor Points:

In the test we will measure the surface area exposed to the wind and calculate if you have enough anchor points on your bouncy castle. We will also test the strength of you anchor points using a pulley system so they can withstand the force of 165KG. We will inspect your pegs to see if they reach the minimum requirements of 380mm long and 16mm wide. Each inflatable shall have a minimum of 6 anchor points.

Containment:

We will measure the Height and strength of the walls of your bouncy castle to make sure they are big and strong enough to contain the users.

Access and Egress:

We will check that the step or ramp of the bouncy castle is wide enough to cover the entire opening area with an overlap. We will check that the step has a minimum depth of 1.5 times the height of the adjacent platform to which it is attached.

Structural Integrity:

We will check that your inflatable has a sound and reliable footing by measuring the internal pressure with a water gauge. This will measure the difference between the normal outside pressure and the internal pressure of your inflatable. The minimum water gauge pressure is 4.

Number of users:

The standard requires that every inflatable and bouncy castle has a label indicating the maximum amount and height of users. This label will also contain a unique identifying serial number and be clearly visible when the equipment is in use.

Inflation Tube:

We will measure your inflation tube to make sure it is long enough to allow the blower to be a minimum of 1.2m away from the inflatable.

Netting:

We will check your netting to make sure it meets the requirements of the standard. 

Blowers:

We will check your blowers for safety and efficiency and carry out a P.A.T. test if required.

Entrapments:

We will check that the inflatable is constructed so that any openings do not create a head, neck, finger or body entrapment.

There are many more aspects of the Test which you can read in full by following the link below…

As Bouncy Castle Hirers, Manufacturers, Legislators and Adults we have an equal responsibility to minimise the risk to users of inflatables.

As hirers we are at the front line of the Inflatable hire industry in Ireland and it is up to us to represent the industry in the most efficient and responsible way.

Un-tested or un-insured Inflatables and Bouncy Castles present an unacceptable risk to our clients , the overwhelming majority of which are children as we know. At Bounce Ireland we adhere strictly to European Safety standards and advise all legitimate inflatable hirers to do the same.

In the modern age, insurance is a must for any legitimate operator and the lack of a current Test Certificate may invalidate your insurance.

For more information, please contact Gerry at
Bounce Ireland on 086 686 7514

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