Improved Bounce House Safety Needed
Bounce house safety is back in the headlines after five children were injured
in South Carolina. Strong winds blew two bounce houses into the air at
a church carnival, leaving two of the children with severe injuries.
According to the media reports, the two inflatables went 25 to 30 feet
into the air with the children still inside. “It tilted up and I
didn't think I could get out in time. And I held onto the rope and
it flew up in the air. And I hit and I blacked out, and I woke up and
I heard sirens,” Keller Nash, 9, said.
Hazards Posed by Inflatables
Bounce houses are extremely popular among young children and have become
a staple at birthday parties, carnivals, and other events geared towards
kids. Unfortunately, the inflatables also come with certain risks. If
proper safety precautions are not taken,
extremely serious child injuries can occur.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 31,069 people—85
percent of them under the age of 15—were treated in an emergency
room for injuries sustained on inflatable rides between 2003 and 2007.
Injuries are also on the rise, with the
number of inflatable bouncer-related injuries skyrocketing 1,500 percent between 1995 and 2010.
Given the risks, safety advocates are calling for stricter regulations.
There are currently no national safety guidelines for inflatable bouncers.
While most states, including California, have regulations for mechanical
rides at amusement parks and fairs, inflatable rides do not receive the
Inflatables supplied by rental companies are also not subject to inspection.
In many cases, companies simply drop them off with little to no instruction.
In other cases, workers may fail to properly secure the bounce house before
leaving the site.
Bounce House Safety Tips
To help prevent a San Diego bounce house accident, there are several measures
parents can take, including, but not limited to the following:
- Rent only from reputable companies
- Keep a close eye on the weather
- Make sure children remove their shoes before entering inflatable rides
- Check to make sure the inflatable ride is properly secured
- Provide constant adult supervision
If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous
or defective product, don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.