Yet another accident involving a bounce house has raised questions as to the safety of these inflatables. Memorial Day weekend saw a bounce house release from the ground and go flying across a Fort Lauderdale beach. This accident is just another in a string of incidents that has parents and children’s safety groups wondering if the giant inflatables are a good idea.
As a parent, you want your child to have a good time. Whether it is at a birthday party, a local fair, or a park, bounce houses are becoming a common sight. It’s important, however, that you make sure the house is safe before you let your children take off their shoes and climb inside.
According to Tony Axtell, owners of All Star Family Fun Owner, the biggest problem that bounce house operators face is wind. As a safety precaution, many owners, including Axtell, will deflate bounce houses once winds reach speeds of 15 to 20 mph. If you want to rent a bounce house for your child’s party or your next family gathering, here are some precautions that you can take.
Research the company. Inflatables are not regulated in many states, meaning it is up to you to research the company. Only rent from a company that is insured, and be sure to check online for reviews.
Staffing. Some companies will provide supervision for their houses and some will only perform set up and dismantling. Know what type of staffing the company is going to provide.
Supervision. No child should be permitted in an inflatable without supervision. Whether the company sends an employee to supervise or you have to choose a friend or family member, make sure someone always has an eye on the little ones inside.
Watch the weather. High winds and inclement weather mean that the bounce house should be closed for business. The weather doesn’t have to be sunny and perfect, but it does have to be mild.
Size. Bounce houses come in different sizes. Before you let children inside, be sure that you know the maximum number of kids and the maximum weight that the house can handle. Do not overload the inflatable.
Safety. Should the bounce house deflate, hold the door open and instruct children to crawl outside. Before you reinflate the house, be sure that the deflation was not caused by a rip or tear.
If your child has been injured in a bounce house accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Call our offices today so that we can review your case. We are here for you. Call now.