The UK's inspection scheme for inflatable play equipment

Play Safe

Inflatable play is normally a very safe and pleasurable way for children to exercise whilst having fun.

The PIPA scheme ensures that equipment is tested to a recognised standard both before first use and annually thereafter.


  • Have regard to the equipment's intended use
  • Bear in mind that users who are outside the intended weight or height range can injure themselves and other users
  • Make sure the blower is at least 1.2 metres from the inflatable
  • Remember that a serious injury can occur if a user strikes the blower unit
  • Make sure the equipment has a current test report
  • Look for the PIPA tag and check its validity on this site
  • Use surround mats if provided as these negate identified risks
  • Ensure that children are supervised at all times by a responsible adult. The vast majority of accidents occur through a lack of or poor supervision
  • Anchor the inflatable to the ground and ensure that you use every anchor point. Even in non-windy conditions the inflatable can move and creep (perhaps taking it dangerously too close to the blower)
  • Hire your inflatable from a reputable operator. Some will try to cut costs on safety by not using the PIPA scheme - always check
  • Follow the instructions given to you by the hirer - these are there for the safety of your children
  • Hire on the basis of the safest - not the cheapest
  • Deflate the inflatable after its use to prevent unsupervised use


  • Allow users to climb on to the walls - most accidents happen this way!
  • Deflate the inflatable whilst it is in use as the users can strike the ground heavily if you do
  • Use the inflatable if you have any doubt as to its safety
  • Throw objects or other people on to the inflatable
  • Allow users onto the inflatable in high winds