Inflatable jumping pillows are popular attractions for kids at campgrounds and summer camps. Installed in the ground with turf or sand around the outside, kids can run, jump, and play on these like trampolines, except they’re typically much larger. When installed properly and used safely these inflatables can be lots of fun. However, the potential for injuries with misuse is high. Injuries can happen if smaller children are bouncing with much larger kids, if there are too many kids on the pillow, or if kids are jumping too closely to each other. These are just a few of the safety considerations for organizations that have a jumping pillow.
Keeping Jumping Pillows Safe
Read through these safety tips and click here to read our safety summary for more in-depth information on jumping pillows.
- Install pillows according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Ensure the soft-landing area is at least eight feet around and at least five inches deep.
- Take care of the jumping pillow by cleaning it daily and closing/deflating it during rainstorms.
- Ensure participants are properly supervised at all times by qualified staff members.
- Enforce height and weight limits, and if possible, group jumpers by size.
- Prohibit flips, somersaults, and other acrobatics.
- Make all jumpers remove their shoes/sandals.
- Enforce no jumping near the edges and jumping at arm’s length from others.