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KAPOW Inflatables - Safety Statement

03 July 2018

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Following the recent incident in Norfolk involving an inflatable, we would like to reassure everyone participating in our KAPOW event this weekend, as well as those considering taking part.

We have received the following information from our KAPOW providers Extreme Adventure Ltd that the inflatables which make up the course have undergone rigorous safety testing and conform to recognised safety standards.

Please see the following statement from Extreme Adventure Ltd:

“The obstacles that are used in KAPOW are of a different design to the one used in the Norfolk incident. Our inflatables have air blowers that blow air constantly into the inflatable as it is not a sealed system and therefore allows air to escape through the seams.

“The pressure within the inflatable is maintained at a constant pressure due to the design of the blowers. If the inflatable is in direct sunlight, the air pressure inside the inflatable is still maintained at the same pressure. This design of inflatable is used throughout the Southern Mediterranean and USA where the ambient temperature is often over 30 degree Celsius.

“All of our equipment is safety tested and inspected annually by an Independent PIPA Inspector (an inspection scheme set up by the inflatable play industry to ensure that inflatable equipment conforms to recognised safety standards). Furthermore, all of our electrical equipment is tested annually by an independent inspector.

“In this unpredictably hot period, the surface of the inflatables may become warmer than usual. Participants may wish to have their legs covered for extra comfort.”

Andy Caldwell, Director, Extreme Adventure Ltd

If you have any further questions, please contact the Hospice Events Team on 01442 869555 or email fundraising@stfrancis.org.uk

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