Megan has been writing on all kinds of topics since 2012. Her main interests include alternative medicine, running, gardening, and her kids.
Bounce-house rentals have become extremely popular in recent years. A simple google search will pull up a ton of companies, and rentals are listed on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites, so it can be difficult to know which one to pick.
Whatever you do, don't choose the cheapest one available. These are typically from "companies" that can not be held liable if anything terrible happens. Some are extremely unsafe, and in some cases, the owners or delivery people are extremely creepy.
I have five kids and have rented bounce houses and water slides quite frequently over the years. I've learned a ton about it and have even started my own bounce-house rental business, so I want to share what I've learned with other parents.
3 Things to Look for in a Bouncy-Castle Rental Company
- State Registration
- Safety Certification
1. State Registration
Different states have different requirements. Pennsylvania and New Jersey are extremely picky about what sorts of inflatable items are legal to rent out. In other states, rental companies simply need to be registered with the state or get yearly inspections of the units they rent out. Make sure the business you rent from is following their state requirements to operate legally.
One of the first things a bounce house rental company is going to do is tell you their rules about using their products and have you sign a waiver saying you are going to follow the rules. That way, if you or your loved ones get hurt while not following the rules, the company might not get in trouble. If a company does not make you sign a waiver, they are probably not a legitimate business, and you should probably look elsewhere.
Ask the rental company if they are insured. If your son/daughter/niece/nephew breaks a leg playing on a bounce house you rented, and it costs you thousands of dollars in medical bills, you need to be able to get that company to pay for it. Do not rent from an uninsured company. Accidents happen—even when you are following the rules. You want to be protected.
3. Safety Certification
Find out if the company you are looking into has any kind of safety certification or training. There are many different places that offer relevant training, but two of the big ones are IAAPA and SIOTO. Anyone can buy a commercial bounce house or slide and start renting it out, but how do you know they will set it up safely? You need to have trained professionals setting up the equipment so no one gets hurt.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.