Jumping around inside of a bounce house can be one of the most fun and exciting activities you can participate in. Regardless of your age or size, a bounce house can be a terrific source of recreation and physical activity that all ages can appreciate. However, safety and care are always of great importance whenever you choose to use your inflatable devices. Always make sure to follow the rules delivered with your bounce house, as it can be the factor that prevents your bounce house dreams from bursting, possibly quite literally.

One of the guidelines that is always critical to preserving the bounce house involves proper inflation. When operating your blower, it is highly important that you always add the appropriate amount of air to your bounce house. Adding an excessive amount of air to your bounce house is called over-inflation, and can ruin your bouncing experience. Over-inflation can occur when you have your blower running at a very high setting, generating an excessive amount of air. It can also be a result of hooking up multiple blowers to the same bounce house when the operator’s instructions only call for one.

When you add too much air to the bounce house, the bouncer will begin to blow up, far larger than intended. The bouncer, now over-sized, will likely be unable to flex and move around like it used to, due to the high quantity of air inside of it. The pressure of the constant air being pumped inside the device, combined with the added force of any user bouncing and leaping around inside of the device, will eventually cause the bounce house’s walls to burst. If this were to occur, a Tear-Aid patch, applied immediately to the now deflated bounce house, might be able to save the structure, but the outlook is not very good. Always keep the air at normal, stable levels; don’t risk the bounce house’s safety with over-inflation. At the same time, always remember to add the appropriate amount of air to your bouncer, or the bounce house will be incomplete. You shouldn’t lax on the air for fear of over-inflating it. There will always be an ideal balance of air, and the ideal settings for your bouncer specifically printed in your bouncer and blower instructional manuals.

Don’t be afraid to add air to your device, as your bouncer will actually help you to regulate the air. At various points around the bounce house are very small air holes. These are there to slowly leak out air from the walls of the structure. The air is never really trapped inside the device during use; it’s slowly bled out specifically to prevent over-inflation. It’s only during intentional over-inflation that the air holes become overwhelmed and unable to properly function, leading to bursting.

Like we said, don’t be nervous, but just be aware that there are limits to the air you can add. More air is assuredly not better, unless you happen to be blowing up a giant inflatable, like an obstacle course. In a scenario like that, you will be provided with a more powerful blower, and possibly multiple different blowers to provide air to all corners of the inflatable. There is never any sort of advantage to over-inflation, as it is a risk just waiting to blow up in your face.