Inflatables are a fun way for children to get out their energy. They come in different designs, as obstacle courses, slides and ball pits. But they also come with risks. Learn what they are and some important safety tips.
Bounce House Dangers and Tips to Prevent Injuries
In June 2014, video captured a large bounce house in Colorado blowing away while two children were inside. The good news is they were reportedly expected to make a full recovery.
But this wasn't the situation for two boys in upstate New York the month before that. The children were seriously injured after a gust of wind blew the bounce house in the air more than 50 feet.
A six-year-old struck the pavement, sustaining internal injuries and fractures to his jaw and both arms, according to media reports. A five-year-old slammed onto a parked car and pavement. He was in a medically induced coma after suffering a brain injury.
It's important for parents and other adults to consider the following tips before their child plays in a bounce house:
- during high winds or rain don't allow play in a bounce house;
- visually inspect the bounce house before allowing your child to play in it;
- point out emergency exits in the bounce house to the children;
- ensure the bounce house has been properly secured to the ground (corners weighted or staked down);
- research the company providing the bounce house to ensure its licensed and insured;
- make sure there is adequate supervision of children;
- keep kids playing in the bounce house at about the same age and weight; and
- if the bounce house starts to deflate, have children exit immediately.
Importance of Seeking Legal Advice if a Child Suffers Serious Injuries in a Bounce House
Not all injuries are the result of someone else's careless or reckless actions. But when they are, it's important to talk with an attorney in Clarksburg. Call the Miley Legal Group at (304) 931-4088 to set up a consultation about your case.