The U.S. CPSC has updated their inflatable safety recommendations!

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has updated the amusement ride safety bulletin concerning inflatables. The CPSC states in the bulletin that they have been monitoring inflatable amusement devices and incidents since 2001. The findings that there were an estimated 113,272 ER visits from injuries due to inflatable devices between 2003 to 2013, which averages to 16,903 per year. Because of the high number of incidents the CPSC has put out a bulletin with inspection procedures and guide-lines for safe set-up and operation of inflatables.

Some of the recommendations include of course, following manufacturer instructions for safety and set-up, be sure that the inflatable is properly anchored, insure proper supervision & do not exceed the manufacturer’s directions for number of participants on the inflatable at one time. Even if the inflatable amusement device is properly anchored the device still needs to be taken down when the wind speeds are over 25mph, but the manufacturer wind speed must always be followed if it the dangerous wind speed is lower.

Please take the time to review & share this important safety information from the Consumer Safety Product Commission. READ THE BULLETIN

Inflatable Rental Frequent Questions

We know insurance can be confusing, so we have made up a list of the most common questions that we receive about inflatable rental insurance. If you have a general question that is not on the list please feel free to ask in the comments box! We will answer your question & may even add it to our list of FAQ’s.

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Indoor Inflatable Frequent Questions

We know insurance can be confusing, so we have made up a list of the most common questions that we receive about indoor inflatable insurance. If you have a general question that is not on the list please feel free to ask in the comments box! We will answer your question & may even add it to our list of FAQ’s.

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The CIA App for Android & iPhones

photo-for-blogThe CIA App allows you to view your account, fill out renewal apps, contact your agent, request additional insured certificates & submit incident reports. Just another perk of being a customer with Cossio Insurance Agency!

This app is a useful tool for our inflatable rental customers who are constantly on the go! You can also request certificates without the app, our website is made for easy use on websites.

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Free Digital Waiver System for CIA Customers

If you are the owner of an indoor inflatable center, you may want to take advantage of our Digital Waiver System. This system is FREE to customers of Cossio Insurance and it is a great way to receive and keep track of customer waivers. Once a customer fills out a waiver they will not need to sign another one for a whole year. The system will keep track of the number of participants you have and gives you an easy way to pull up waivers, so you don’t have to sift through piles of paperwork!

In addition to the waivers, for a small fee you can have access to email marketing that will automatically send out email blasts to customers that have signed waivers a few weeks before certain holidays. (Customers are given the option to opt out of emails.)

To find out more about this digital waiver program please visit the digital waiver website at: http://digitalwaiversrus.com/video-tutorial.html

(You  must be a customer of Cossio Insurance Agency to have access to the digital waiver system)

Important Item to add to your Safety Checklist

Out of Gas

On June 5th, 2013 the South Jersey local news reported that three children were injured when an inflatable bounce house collapsed on top of them. The reason for the collapse? The generator running the bounce house blower ran out of gas. This could have been easily avoided if the inflatable rental company had checked the gas prior to dropping of the device…make sure you add it to your safety checklist!

You can read the full article here: http://bit.ly/11uW7RK

Are you using Google+ to promote your business?

When Google+ first started out it seemed to many that it’s value for social networking was not as valuable as Facebook or Twitter. While most businesses have a Facebook and/or Twitter page many are missing out on Google+. Over the past few months studies have shown that Google+ has actually now become the second largest social networking passing over Twitter to become the biggest contender to Facebook. Who knows, Google+ may end up becoming bigger than Facebook.

Tips to using Google+ for your business

1) Make sure that you complete all your profile information, add your website links, photos and fill out all your information.

2) Before you start inviting people to join your circles make sure that you have some posts already started.

3) Have fun and post about things that matter to you and your customers.

Please add us to your circles, we have a lot of information relevant to the inflatable industry on our Google+ page: https://plus.google.com/102152206689921775519/posts

 

What are you doing to protect your inflatable business from vandalism?

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We have all heard reports in the news about businesses being vandalized and how expensive and frustrating this can be to a business owner. Sometimes these acts are because of disgruntled employees or customers and sometimes they are just random acts. Just recently we read an article in IAAPA’s Funworld magazine that gave tips on how a business owner can try to ward off these potential vandals. If you are a member of IAAPA you can read the full article at: http://www.iaapa.org/news/funworld/funworld-magazine/tips-for-protecting-your-attraction-from-vandals- . If you are not a member let us outline a couple of the tips that the article suggested.

The first suggestion was to limit access to your facility. For example, only let customers in through the front door. This way an employee can keep track of people who are coming into and out of the business. The article also suggested that you should keep your facility and/or inflatables looking as nice as possible. Inspect for writing, gum and garbage and if you find any make sure that it is cleaned up immediately. If something is already vandalized it is often an invitation for more vandalism to occur.

If you are worried about your devices after hours you can hire a security officer or set up cameras to monitor the facility. This may seem like an unnecessary expense but it is worth the extra cost to prevent your costly equipment from being damaged.

Source

“Protect Your Investment: Don’t let vandals destroy your rides and attractions” by Mike Bederka
Funworld Magazine | March 2012 |  http://www.iaapa.org/news/funworld/funworld-magazine/tips-for-protecting-your-attraction-from-vandals-

The Importance of Training

Do you have a formal WRITTEN training guide for each inflatable device that is in your inventory?  Remember if it is not written it doesn’t exist.  Verbal training is hearsay.  Each employee should have a signed and dated training guide for each device.  Have you and your employees received training on each device from the manufacturer?  Have you received online training from companies like Sioto?  You would be amazed at how many employees have stated to me that they didn’t know the simplest rules of operation of the device.  Most of the rules are printed on the side of each inflatable and most employees did not ever read them!

Top 4 Causes of Inflatable Insurance Claims

Insurance Claims cause your premiums to rise. There are 4 (very preventable) common causes of claims in the inflatable rental industry.

1) The first cause of claims is: Lack of  trained supervision. Are your employees trained in the proper procedures? Do they know how many people are allowed on a certain inflatable at one time? Do they know the height and weight limits? Do you have enough employees to monitor the whole area?

Making sure that you have enough employees and that they are properly trained can drastically reduce the amount of accidents that happen on your inflatables.

2) Overloaded inflatables: When you rent out your inflatables, do you make sure the people operating them know the maximum limit of kids playing at one time? Do you make sure your employees do not allow the inflatables to become overloaded?

Again make sure employees are trained, and as for customers renting the inflatables make sure your stress the importance of not overloading the inflatables for safety reasons.

3) Inflatables not Tethered Properly: This is a very big cause of accidents. Are you using the right size stakes? Is the inflatable completely secured at all points? If the inflatable is not tethered properly a sudden wind gust could cause the inflatable to topple, injuring anyone inside or near it at the time.

4) Lack of Proper Maintenance: Do you inspect your inflatables for tears? If you find a tear do you take it somewhere to be properly repaired? Or do you try to repair it yourself?

Tears in the inflatables can cause sudden deflation, and of course, injury. If you decided to repair an inflatable yourself…maybe with duct tape, you will definitely be found at fault.