Inflatable bounce houses are a fun attraction for children at birthday parties, carnivals and backyard barbeques. Unfortunately, if they’re not properly grounded, they can be a serious safety hazards for children inside and bystanders.
Between 2003 and 2013, there were 12 wrongful deaths and countless personal injuries associated with inflatable bounce houses. In 2018 alone, there were over 18,000 injuries associated with bounce houses. Many injuries included cuts, bruises, sprains, broken bones, head injuries and more from children colliding with each other.
When a bounce house is not properly tethered to the ground, it can be picked up and sent airborne by a strong gust of wind and that is particularly dangerous if there are children inside. Always keep an eye on the weather. If flags are flying straightou can see the underside of leaves or if treetops are swaying, it is too windy for children to be playing in bounce houses.
Bounce House Safety Tips
- If it’s windy, don’t use a bounce house.
- Maximum wind speed should be no more than 15 to 25 miles per hour.
- Make sure the bounce house is properly staked and anchored on a flat and even surface.
- Never place bounce houses near tree branches, power lines or fences.
- Only children of the same age and size should be jumping at the same time, and monitor for maximum occupancy limit.
- Set rules for safe play. No tumbling, wrestling or flips.
- Keep children away from any gas generator or air pumps, especially if standing water is nearby.
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