Weather Conditions - Wind Speeds
The glorious British weather is very well known for its unpredictability. While we do closely monitor the weather forecasts there still can be very sudden changes in the weather. When a booking is taken in advance, sadly, the one thing we cannot predict is what the wind speed/gusts will be on the day.
The maximum wind speed in which an inflatable can be used is 38 km/h (Force 5 on the Beaufort Scale) / 24 mph. This applies to both wind speeds and gusts. It must also be noted that is the law set out by Health and Safety Executive, therefore any bouncy castles which are set up in winds above the legal limit would be done so at a significant risk and without any valid public liability insurance.
If a bouncy castle company ever cancels the outdoor booking or tries to reschedule it with you due to the forecast of high wind speeds, please do not look for some one that will fulfil the booking. No business willingly turns down custom but the most reputable bouncy castle companies will be the ones ensuring safety of users is put before profit. We don’t want to scare people away from ordering bouncy castles. We just want all users, including children to be safe and for the public to order from responsible companies.
What might happen to my booking if the winds speeds are high?
The best source of information regarding weather and wind speeds can be found via the met office. This is also the same source of information that the Health and Safety Executive uses. During the week and in the days leading up to your booking we will be monitoring the forecasts and wind speed predictions. We therefore aim to contact any customers who might have bookings affected by the weather and wind as soon as the weather information becomes available (Normally this is a week in advance). This allows our customers a contingency plan should we need to cancel the bouncy castle booking for the affected date.
If winds OR gusts exceed 24mph (38Kmph, or Force 5 on the Beaufort Scale) then we WILL cancel the outdoor hire of any bouncy castle and/or inflatable.
In this circumstance, you may change the delivery location and continue with your booking in an indoor venue, or you may wish to reschedule your booking within 4 weeks of the original booking date. If your desired asset is not available, we will offer you a like for like alternative of our assets. If we cannot accommodate your booking within the offered 4 weeks, then the booking fee will be retained but any payments already made towards the hiring charge will be refunded.
If you cannot find an alternative indoor venue and changing your booking date is not an option then you may wish to hire soft play, This will remain unaffected by the wind speeds and is also a fantastic and safe means of entertaining the little ones!
If you have concerns for weather related cancellations, then we advise that you book an indoor venue.
During your booking
As mentioned above, the British weather is extremely unpredictable, and no weather forecast can be 100% accurate. For the purposes of safeguarding against inflatable use outdoors in what can suddenly become high winds we now provide a wind speed measurement device (an Anemometer) for all of our outdoor inflatable bookings. You will be provided a simple demonstration that comprehensively covers the use and operation of the Anemometer and a wind speed recording sheet. Your first wind speed measurement will be demonstrated and recorded for you. It is advised that you measure and record wind speeds at 30-minute intervals or if you suspect that the wind speeds might suddenly be increasing. Should the recorded wind speed exceed 38 km/h (Force 5 on the Beaufort Scale) / 24mph, you MUST quickly and safely evacuate the users and the inflatable device must be turned off.