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IIHF – Method Statement – Inflatables

Members of the IIHF are professional, fully insured hirers of Bouncy Castles & Inflatables in Ireland. In fact,  one of the only ways to get insurance for this particular industry is through the IIHF. So if a hirer is providing you with a Bouncy Castle or Inflatable without being a member, then they may be doing so without insurance.

All of our members abide by the following professional code of conduct and operations.

1. Upon arrival, the driver will take note of any safety information or displays and adhere to the rules of the site at all times. If no specific rules are given for on site, the driver will adhere to the rules outlined in the Highway Code.

2. The driver will ensure that whilst the vehicle is on a designated carriageway or road surface, the rules of that specific highway are abided by at all times.

3. Should the vehicle be required to travel on any undesignated areas, such as verges or foot ways, the vehicle will travel at a maximum of 10 miles per hour with any beacon that the vehicle has fitted illuminated at all time. In these specific areas and/or other highly populated areas, the use of a bank’s person is recommended but not compulsory.

4. The set-up area will then be inspected for suitability, at which time, the area the inflatable will cover will have any large stones or sharp objects removed & disposed of in a sensible & safe manner.

5. The area will then be checked for suitable height & for any obstruction I.e. cables, trees, lights. It will also be check for any gradient which will affect set up.

6. The inflatable will then be laid out & unfolded into place. The cables will be laid out and connected to electric/petrol blower/generator as agreed prior to our arrival.

7. The inflation devise will then be checked, connected & switched on ensuring all vents are unobstructed, bent or twisted .The remaining vents on the inflatable will then be secured.

8. The unit will now be inflated, ensuring that no one is on or near the the inflatable.

9. Then the various anchor points will be pegged in place using a minimum of 16mm x 380mm length steel anchor stakes at various points into the ground below.

NOTE* All anchor points must be used when the inflatable is being used outdoors. If the inflatable is to be used indoors sandbags will be placed at the anchor points however not all anchor points may be used. The anchorage system may be different depending on the surface type.

10. It is imperative that guests or other persons involved in the event do not encroach on the set-up area unless specifically requested to do so.

NOTE* All equipment to be erected as per Manufacturers/Health & Safety guidelines & under no circumstances can this be compromised in any way, regardless of aesthetics or the discretion of the venue/organizers.

11. Where necessary, barrier fencing, rope or tape will be used to cordon areas off especially on public events.

12. When in use of petrol blowers/generators, barriers & safety fencing may be deemed necessary

To seal the area off from access to the general public. Any refills to be carried out must be to the manufacture’s recommendations. Turn the throttle into the stop position fill the tank cautiously using a funnel. Do not over fill. Other points that are to be followed are shown below:

  • No smoking, naked flames, or sparks to be near area · Not to be operated by any untrained person.
  • Make sure the fuel cap is secured firmly on the fuel tank.
  • Any reserve fuel to be stored in a safe secure well-ventilated area and in an approved container. · Petrol blower/ generators are for outdoor use only in well-ventilated areas.

13. Once the inflatable(s) have been checked over by the event manager or delegated health & safety officer, the event may beg

14. Upon completion of the event, the inflatable’s must be evacuated & an allocated member of staff will ensure that no participants are left on the item whilst deflation is in progress.

15. Once deflation had completed, all anchor pegs, cables, blowers & generators will be removed from site & placed back into the collection vehicles.

16. The inflatable will then be folded & rolled in an acceptable manor & transported to the vehicle, either by sack truck or wheel cart. When dealing with larger items, the collection vehicle may be required to drive to individual items for collection. Again, the vehicle will travel at a maximum of 10 miles per hour. In these specific areas and/or other highly populated areas, the use of a bank’s person is recommended but not compulsory & the rules of the site will be observed at all times.

17. The area will then be checked for debris & other accessories, which will be dealt with accordingly.

18. The delivery vehicle will then depart the site, in a similar manor to that described above, again taking note of any instructions given or signing in place.

Choose a professional hirer for your next party.

Registered members of the Irish Inflatable Hirers Federation (IIHF) are fully insured and professional Bouncy castle and inflatable hirers. Check out our directory of registered members to make sure you are choosing a reliable and fully insured hirer for your next event.

If you have any questions regarding becoming a member of the IIHF please follow this link to our registration page.

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