20 February 2013

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inflatable bounce houseBounce houses serve as a beacon to parents who want to give their kids a fun experience. However, these welcoming houses may actually cause harm to the children. In 2010 alone, 11,300 children had to go to the emergency room after sustaining injuries in bounce houses.

This statistic shows a growing trend in the number of children who have sustained injuries. This figure is twice what it was in 2008 and 16 times larger than in 1995.

The injuries resemble those that children develop when they are hurt on trampolines, which many pediatricians disapprove of. The most common injuries that children sustain from trampoline use include broken bones, strains and sprains. Other children suffer from concussions or contusions when children fall on top of each other.

More children may be sustaining injuries because bouncy houses are becoming more popular. For only a few hundred dollars, just about anyone can purchase or rent a bounce house. Various businesses, organizations and residents throughout our area rent bounce houses and castles for birthday parties, school events, store openings and other types of celebrations.

Unfortunately, some of these houses are not properly maintained and they may be used without adult supervision. Some businesses or vendors ask customers to sign waivers to dodge any liability. A close inspection of such waivers should reveal whether a parent is required to relinquish any rights in order to rent the device.

Thankfully, there are a few steps that parents can take to minimize the risk of injury. Here are some suggestions:

  •  Ensure that the bounce house is anchored on each corner so that it does not topple over or sink in.
  •  Place impact-absorbing mats at the opening so children will have a soft landing.
  •  Provide adult supervision at all times by a person who is not distracted with other tasks.
  •  Do not exceed occupancy limits.
  •  Do not allow children three or under in bounce houses.
  •  Have children empty their pockets to remove pencils, toys or other sharp objects.

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