Inflatable Play Structure Safety Campaign By Happy Jump, Inc.

Happy Jump has been manufacturing all type of Inflatable play and advertising structures for almost two decades with one main goal, to produce the safest and last longing inflatables.
Back in 2001 Happy Jump worked directly with engineers from the state of New Jersey to come up with solution to increase the deflation time of Inflatable games in case of emergency evacuations, at that time the “Deflation Flap” was suggested by HJ and got approved by the state and soon adopted by other manufacturers.
At the same time HJ suggested blower manufactures to add flap to their blowers for more help on that process and that became another standard that all blowers manufacturers are now following.
Sometime later HJ started to add safety nettings on top all of the slides to enforce riders to slide down in seated position and prevent participants from falling out, not to mention there was netting incorporated to inflatable slides prior by happy jump and others but the main purpose was to provide shade.
Emergency exit on all enclosed inflatables was another feature brought to industry by Happy Jump and it’s been adopted by industry since.
By noticing so many inflatable rides designed without following suggested ASTM guidelines and some without knowledge of designing such structure entering to the market whether as simple as height of the side walls, slide slop, short landing area on slides, no proper anchoring points, no proper guidelines nor warning signs etc… causing so many accidents/injuries which at the end hurts the industry as whole.
I; Roubik Amirian president of Happy Jump Inc. felt necessary to do something about this issue so I decided to reach out to one of my old friends within the inflatable industry who recently became Chairman of ASTM international’s F24 standard F2374 which covers the design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of inflatable rids Mr. Michael Viechweg.
I ask Michael to help me to start a campaign to inform and educate operators so they are more aware of what to look for at the time of purchasing an inflatable and also better and safer way of operating them, as expected he welcomed the idea with open arms by saying this will be great start to share all existing and future industry guidelines with all of you out there.
The first article is simply an introduction but in coming weeks we’ll cover all details and safety guidelines.
“A new day is arriving in this industry that will affect everyone. ASTM International is
expanding to more nations and the process of improving this standard takes input from
manufacturers, authorities, engineers, insurance representatives, and operators from
around the world. Everyone was and is invited to help make this standard better.
The most existing standard is 4 pages long with the present working future version
standing at 39 pages so far. There is something in this new standard for everyone. For
example, manufacturers now have a design standard to determine the number of players
in or on an inflatable. Operators now have a minimum level of expectation of
documentation owed to them when purchasing a new inflatable. Engineers have a
guideline when calculating anchoring requirements. Authorities will now have a
comprehensive standard that is easier to follow.
This process started over two years ago and the effort from those who have volunteered
their time has been outstanding. We are trying to make this industry safer and everyone
can play their part. Over the past few years there have been too many news reports of
inflatables flying through the air or people injuring themselves on inflatables and this
must stop. We know that most of these incidents are caused by poorly trained operators
taking safety for granted. We also know that safety-minded, legitimate operators want to
keep their insurance costs down and provide good service to their customers but are
affected by those operators appearing in the news and harming the industry as a whole.
Help us improve the safety of the industry by pushing for the adoption of this standard in
your jurisdiction and push for enforcement. As more jurisdictions adopt this standard
and apply enforcement the inflatable amusement industry will be safer.
I’ll be giving another presentation at IAAPA in the fall on the new standard so if you are
there please attend.
You will see more articles from me in the future in this space.”

Michael Viechweg, P.Eng.

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