June 15, 2011 // Franchising.com // Tempe, AZ – Following a recent string of reports of injuries and close calls related to people playing on rented, outdoor inflatable play structures rather than going to safety compliant, indoor facilities, the experts at Pump It Up are offering a helpful safety checklist to help parents identify safe inflatable play environments for their children.
Pump It Up, the nation's leading franchise of indoor inflatable playgrounds and other private party themed events with more than 150 locations nationwide, holds the most stringent safety standards in the inflatable party industry. In fact, the company's nationally recognized insurance carrier recently completed an independent audit of all open facilities, in which Pump It Up received an A+ rating with a total scoring average of 99 out of a possible 100 per facility.
"As the pioneer of the indoor, inflatable party concept, Pump It Up has set the bar for safety standards in the industry," said Lee Knowlton, CEO and President of Pump It Up. "Safety precautions are integrated into each and every aspect of our business, from the design of the building to the quality of the inflatable equipment and supervision of party guests."
Randy Baker, Pump It Up's Director of Safety & Site Development, advises parents against allowing their children to play in inflatable structures that are rented for events such as private home parties, carnivals and other festivals, particularly outdoor events. Baker, who has served as the National Safety Director for Pump It Up since 2004, and personally works with ride manufacturers during the design phase to address safety concerns, says that many of the inflatable rides utilized at these events are set up hastily and with little concern for safety standards.
Here are five things parents or caregivers should know when attending any kind of event where inflatable play structures are involved:
"In light of recent incidents, parents should give serious consideration to the safety of their children before allowing them to play in outdoor inflatable rides," Baker noted. "With outdoor inflatables, you simply cannot predict when a simple gust of wind will end in tragedy. When it comes to fun and peace of mind, parents should run through the checklist and only allow their children to play in indoor inflatable playgrounds that meet the highest levels of safety standards."
A clear leader in the active children's party industry, Pump It Up is the nation's largest franchise of indoor inflatable playgrounds specializing in private parties for birthdays, and programs, such as corporate events, school outings, field trips and other events. Trained staff provides guests with supervision, food and beverage set-up, and clean-up services. Pump It Up is headquartered in Tempe, AZ with more than 150 locations across the country. For more information about Pump It Up, please visit www.pumpitupparty.com