EN 14960-1 is applicable to inflatable play equipment intended for use by children fourteen years and under both individually and collectively. It specifies safety requirements for inflatable play equipment for which the primary activities are bouncing and sliding. It is important for children’s rounded development that, through play, they arrive at an understanding of danger, which provides a basis for assessing safety in a variety of situations. The balance between challenge and safety is an important consideration.
The inflatable play equipment referred to in this standard can provide different levels of challenge and excitement. EN 14960-1 aims to minimize the level of risk and the possibility of serious injury while allowing children to enjoy themselves when playing in or on inflatable equipment. It sets measures to address risks and to minimize accidents for users for those involved in the design, manufacture, and supply of inflatable play equipment. It also specifies information to be supplied with the equipment. The requirements have been laid down bearing in mind the risk factor based on available data.
EN 14960-1 specifies the requirements that will protect a child from hazards that he or she may be unable to foresee when using the equipment as intended, or in a manner that can be reasonably anticipated. It is not applicable to inflatable water-borne play and leisure equipment, domestic inflatable toys, air-supported buildings, inflatables used solely for protection, inflatables used for rescue, or other types of inflatable toys where the primary activity is not bouncing or sliding.