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The following is a summary of Pennsylvania's regulations as they pertain to the inflatable industry along with links to the actual regulations. There may be city or county regulations as well, check with your local government entity. State contact information is listed at the bottom of the page.

Inflatable Variance (pp 13-16)

this variance allows a business that rents an inflatable ride for a birthday party, picnic or similar non-public non-profit event to inspect the inflatable ride on a monthly basis, file an inspection report with the state and be exempted from the requirements it inspect the inflatable ride at each new location and provide an itinerary with respect to the rental.

verify that the persons to whom the inflatable ride will be rented or donated will be provided a written set of instructions for the safe erection and operation of the inflatable ride and provide the state a copy of these written instructions.

(1)exempt such an inflatable ride from the requirement it be inspected on a monthly basis or before its operation at each new location.
(2)exempt such an inflatable ride from itinerary requirements.
(3)comply with the requirements of the Act and its attendant regulations when doing public events

§ 139.4. Registration.

An owner intending to operate or use an amusement ride shall register with the state prior to operation.

§ 139.5. Insurance.

A person may not operate an amusement ride or attraction unless a policy of insurance has been purchased through an authorized carrier  in the amount of at least $ 100,000 per occurrence and $ 300,000 in the aggregate for inflatables.

A valid certificate of insurance filed with the state prior to operation for use by the public.

§ 139.6. Itinerary.

The owner of an amusement ride shall file an itinerary at least 15 days prior to the operation of a ride  use by the public

§ 139.7. Inspection.

owner will have rides inspected by a qualified inspector
(1) prior to operating for the first time
(2) every 30 days
(3) prior to operating at a public event

§ 139.8. Inspection affidavits.

owner will file an affidavit of inspection written by an authorized inspector within 48 hours of the inspection

The owner shall post a notice of compliance at a place readily observed consisting of a sign made of substantial and, if exposed to the elements, of weatherproof material with bright green background and white lettering. The size of the letters may not be less than 1/2 inch in height and 1/8 inch width stroke reading

§ 139.11. Accident reporting.

(a)  When an owner submits an accident report to the owner’s insurance company, a copy of those reports shall be sent to the state
(b)  When a serious injury, death or fire occurs the operators shall immediately close the  ride and the owner shall so notify the state

§ 139.41. General.

(a)  Manufacturers shall design and construct the amusement ridesto carry all loads safely and to withstand normal stresses
(b)  Manufacturers shall comply with ASTM Standards
(c)  Owners of existing amusement rides are responsible for obtaining the required construction maintenance and operational information from the manufacturer

§ 139.71. General requirement.

(a)  Owners and operators of amusement rides shall use ASTM Standards

§ 139.77. Maintenance of amusement rides and attractions.

(a)  The owner shall implement a program of maintenance, testing and inspection, based on manufacturer’s recommendations
(b)  Manufacturers’ identification information shall be maintained in a readily visible and legible condition at all times

§ 139.79. Records.

(a)  The owner shall maintain the following records
(1)  Daily inspection records
(2)  Tests recommended by the manufacturer

§ 505. Posting of notice

Every operator shall post the safety responsibilities of riders

Contact Information
Bureau of Rides & Measurement Standards
Amusement Ride Division
Department of Agriculture
2301 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
TELEPHONE: (717) 787-2291
FAX: (717) 783-4158


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