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This is a guest article by Ben Joseph of Belle Bounce, a local provider of bounce houses. They deliver the inflatable, instruct on use, and tear down after your event. NO MUSS, NO FUSS :-) You can reach Ben at 937.935.0460 or email at info@bellebounce.com.

We all want our kids to have fun – and stay safe. Bounce houses are safe and can be very fun, when the correct precautions are observed. A way to do that is to hire a professional inflatable provider for your birthday party, church occasion or social event.

All professional inflatable providers in Ohio are licensed annually and insured. When you plan an event with a bounce house in mind there are a few things to consider. The ground underneath the inflatable will need to be clean of sticks, stones and feces as well as fairly flat. Any underground water, gas, sewer, irrigation and electric lines need to be identified before the metal stakes are hammered into place to secure the bounce house. Overhanging tree limbs and power lines will need to be taken into account with the height of the inflatable.

Bounce houses are inflated with a fan and need a dedicated power source to ensure safety and fun for all participants. Appliances such as refrigerators or air conditioners may interrupt power and trip fuses if they are on the same circuit as an inflatable, the result being distress for the children inside, the adults watching the fun and infusing the occasion negatively. A dedicated electrical source must be no more than 100 ft away from the inflatable. A generator can be used.

Weather can also play a part since all professional bounce house providers are not allowed to erect an inflatable in the rain or impending wet weather event. Water, electricity and children to not mix well in the realm of bounce houses. In Ohio, we are additionally not allowed to put a bounce house up in winds of 15 mph or more.

Children require supervision. Adult supervision is required at all times during an inflatables operation. Commercial grade bounce houses are pretty tough. However, objects such as large belt buckles, knives, glasses or other sharp objects can damage the vinyl and turn a great time into a failed party.

We suggest jumping first, eating afterwards for less clean-up and more uninterrupted fun. Also, keeping water sources and snack areas at a safe distance away from the inflatable is encouraged.

Some questions to ask your professional bounce house provider:
- If power fails or if there is another problem, what should I do?
- Are you licensed and insured?
- Do you provide safety training?

Bounce houses can be an amazing fundraising asset and memory-making tool for your school, church, party or business event. Belle Bounce delivers, sets up, instructs on safety, tears down and hauls away your rented inflatable for a no-muss-no-fuss experience, allowing you to concentrate on other elements. If you have questions about the rental process or concerns about other inflatable providers you are welcome to contact us at info@bellebounce.com or ridesafety@agri.ohio.gov.
Posted 12:00 PM

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