“It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye,” as the famous saying goes!
Planning and hosting a party can be so exciting that we fall into the trap of forgetting a few basics. Julie Smedley, Director from Pumped Up Fun, shares four essential tips to ensure a happy, stress-free event without any tears from avoidable injuries.
1. Inflatable fun comes in all shapes and sizes these days and it’s one of the best ways to keep children safe whilst they play. But avoid cheap non-commercial products; book a professional amusement hire company.
2. Even if the party is at home, consider booking a Blue Card accredited supervisor to manage the kids. Firstly it allows you and the other parents to relax and enjoy yourselves. Secondly it provides peace of mind that an emergency situation will be managed quickly and effectively. And thirdly, no-one needs to feel like the Fun Police. The Supervisor manages how many, how long, how big and how well they behave in a friendly, yet assertive way.
3. Insurance is mandatory as a safety net. All reputable inflatable fun providers should have a minimum of $20million in PLI.
4. Don’t settle for less when it comes to safety equipment and procedures. You should be provided with a written risk assessment so you’re aware of the hazards and how they’ve been managed to ensure your little ones are in safe hands. Blowers should be cordoned off, safety switches fitted, safety mats used at entry/exit points and leads tagged and covered.
Knowing the basics of playing it safe will ensure you choose a reliable and professional supplier, who will not cut corners when looking after your precious children. Ensure your next party is memorable for all the right reasons!