While parents buy their child a bounce house to have fun with outside, there are certain safety precautions that parents must take. In the video to the left, as an example, you can clearly see how a bounce house can quickly go airborne and start tumbling uncontrollably. Bounce houses flying into the air is by far the leading cause of bounce house injuries. These injuries can be easily avoided by securing the inflatable to the ground with its supplied anchors. Also, it is important to look at the weather forecast before inflating the bounce house. While anchors do help, they will not prevent a bounce house from flying into the air if the wind is strong enough. If in doubt, keep the kids out!
Other Safety Considerations for Bounce Houses
Safety starts at the time of purchasing a new bounce house. Our bounce house store has many new bounce houses available that comply with the most modern Federal and State laws. These laws limit the chemicals used in manufacturing inflatables and the safety features they must have.
Every new inflatable bounce house that is sold comes with an owners manual. Parents need to spend the time to read the owners manual so that they may understand all of the safety features available with their new bounce house and the precautions they must take with its use. Every bounce house is different and may have safety instructions which are unique to that specific model.
Weather related injuries are quite common with bounce houses. Wind, for example, can toss an inflatable around and send it airborne like a kite. Additionally, lightning is dangerous. A simple show may also make the vinyl slippery and cause children to fall and sustain injuries. A bounce house should only be used on days where the weather is clear of storms, rain and wind.
Where the inflatable is setup in the yard must be free from debris, overhead objects and anything that may come into contact with the inflatable. Besides the risk of rapid deflation, overhead power lines can be extremely dangerous. And don’t forget that a bounce house allows children to play at an elevated height. This places them closer to reaching overhead objects with toys.
Preventing uncontrolled rolling, and flight, is first accomplished by inflating the bounce house on level ground. If the ground is not to grade, the risks of rollover accidents increases – especially if all the children jump around in the lowest section of the bounce house. In addition to positioning the inflatable on level ground, parents must use any supplied anchors that come with the bounce house. These stakes can often prevent injuries by allowing parents enough time to get the children out of the inflatable before the next gust of wind arrives.
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