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 Hiring an Amusement Device Checklist

If you are hiring an amusement device such as a jumping castle or inflatable obstacle course for an event, here is a 14 point Hiring an Amusement Device Checklist. It will help you to ensure you are hiring a device that is safe and secure. It also helps you to know if you are hiring it from a reputable company.

The checklist is applicable whether you are hiring an inflatable device with a trained supervisor, or to supervise yourself.

This Hiring an Amusement Device Checklist is generic only. For more information you can access further details via this amusement devices link to SafeWork NSW.

Amusement Device Checklist

Using the Amusement Device Checklist you should ensure that:

  • the device fits the area you have allocated, and the area is free of overhead power lines, overhanging trees, sloping ground etc;
  • the device has been cleaned and maintained between hires;
  • any electrical leads, generators etc have been appropriately inspected and tagged;
  • you have been provided with instructions on proper operation of the device. For example, if you are not using a Bucking Events supervisor in your jumping castle hire, we will give you access to a video detailing how to monitor/supervise the inflatable. It also shows how to ensure your users are safe (Bucking Events ground crew will deliver and install the inflatable);
  • you have inspected the device prior to allowing patrons to use it. This is to ensure it has no tears, trip obstacles, and it has appropriate safety signage;
  • the device has been properly secured and instructions provided about what to do if the wind picks up. Consequently, as an extra safety measure, on delivery Bucking Events will provide you with a wind meter to monitor wind conditions on the day. Deflate the device if the wind reaches 30km/hour. Or you can use a Beaufort Scale – click this Beaufort Scale link.
  • the installer should have completed an installation checklist (Bucking Events use an online checklist). Preferably you have gone through this checklist with the operator to ensure it has been completed.

Okay, that’s about t4h devices you hire. How about other items on our Amusement Device Checklist such as safety issues and the hirer themselves?

Safety Issues

  • safety barriers have been set up where applicable;
  • impact absorbing mats that are at least 50mm thick are placed at entry and exit points;
  • you or the amusement company have an emergency exit plan in place.

About the Hiring Firm

  • you are using a reputable amusement hire firm. To do this, check that they have an ABN, public liability insurance, and you received notice of your booking, and an invoice;
  • also risk assessments are readily provided if necessary;
  • if you are not using the amusement hire company staff to supervise the activity, that you have appropriate insurance coverage;
  • when not in use, the device is stored safely prior to pick up by the amusement hire company.

About Bucking Events

Please be aware that in any industry, including ours, there are fly by night and disreputable operators. They might be cheap, but will take safety short cuts which put you and your children at risk. Also, their equipment will not be well maintained or safe, their staff will not be appropriately trained, and they will not have the correct insurance coverage. We trust that this Amusement Device Checklist will assist you to have a safe and professional hiring experience.

Finally, Bucking Events, and our parent company Bubbling With Energy Entertainment , have been in operation for over 27 years. Above all, we take pride in ensuring our equipment is safe and well maintained. Also, our staff are trained to help you have the best event possible.


Contact Bucking Events:

Corporate Customers Ph: (02) 9829 8653 | Private Parties Ph: (02) 9829 8929 | (02) 9829 2623 or [email protected]

Unit 6/14 Stennett Road, Ingleburn NSW 2565
Sydney, Australia