The equipment should be hired from a reputable company and wherever possible set up and operated by the hire company’s own employees. This is particularly important if substantial numbers of children are likely to use the equipment.
Before hiring the apparatus, it is prudent to ensure that the hire company:
- employs suitably experienced and trained personnel, where the company are responsible for setting up, operation and supervision of the bouncy castle;
- provides written instructions on the use of the equipment;
- provides written evidence of a current public liability insurance policy with a limit of indemnity of at least £2,000,000. This insurance is to cover the liability of the hire company and is unlikely to extend to cover the hirer of the equipment;
- is a member of the PIPA scheme developed in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive. You can check for this on www.pipa.org.uk . This site also provides valuable additional information.