Inflatable Inspections
Glynn Barclay & Associates, Inc.

Maintaining high quality, trouble-free equipment is a critical aspect
to your inflatable business. Inspection regulations for inflatable
equipment vary from state to state. It is important for you to keep up
to date on new regulations affecting the inspection requirements for
inflatable equipment, as this type of legislature can be subject to
change at any time.

Many states require large inflatable equipment be inspected and
certified on a yearly, or more frequent, basis. A certified inspector
of the state will generally perform these inspections. If the state
inspector identifies any problem areas or concerns regarding your
equipment you will be notified of this and be made aware of the
necessary steps to ensure your inflatable equipment is well within
operating compliance.

Necessary forms and paperwork, including proof of insurance, will
also need to be filed within your state on a yearly basis. An
operating permit/sticker for your inflatable equipment, is also
required in most states.

For specific regulations affecting inflatables from state to state visit
your states website.

While abiding the law pertaining to your state's operation of
inflatable equipment is critical, it is also important to take your own
initiative in maintaining and regularly inspecting your inflatables.
Most states require inspection once per year. However, it is
advisable that an inspection of your inflatable equipment is
conducted by you or your staff every time the equipment is inflated,
prior to use.

The following are key areas of your equipment to inspect, which
will ensure that the inflatable is functioning properly, reducing risk
of injury or damage to the equipment.

If you do detect a problem or malfunction with the equipment at any
time take action immediately. Equipment that is not functioning
properly should never be used. The risk of an accident is too great.
The best solution for this is to provide comparable equipment from
your inventory prior to the event. Regular inspections, before and
after events, will keep most problems from arising.
•Check each anchor point to ensure that it is snug. Look
for worn or cut straps and missing D rings.
•Inspect the blower tubes and retaining strap and buckle
to ensure they are in good condition and the blower tube
connection is tight.
•Make sure the blower flaps fall freely. The blower should
have no exposed wire or loose bolts or screws. Also
make sure the mesh guards over the air inlet and outlet
are secure and intact.
•When inflated, the walls should be firm and upright. The
bed pressure should provide firm footing.
•Check all surfaces of the inflatable for debris, tears,
holes and stressed seams. Be sure to inspect the Velcro
flaps and deflation zippers.
•Make sure there are no tears in the netting.