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Bounce House Injuries on the Rise

Updated February 26, 2019 | By Wilson Kehoe Winingham staff

If you have children, chances are you’ve been to a party with bounce houses to occupy the kids (and some adults). Bounce houses are considered safer than trampolines since they have walls and are more forgiving. Most bounce houses also have a net door to eliminate the possibility of falling out.

Bounce House Legislation

Bounce houses are generally constructed of strong PVC and nylon and then inflated with an electric blowing machine. In the United States, cheaper varieties made of polyester are banned.

In the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, it’s mandatory that bounce houses pass both engineering and safety standards before they are rented out.

A Rise in Bounce House Injuries

According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, bounce house injuries are on the rise. More than 11,300 children were treated for bounce house related injuries in 2010. The authors from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio say that “equals a child every 46 minutes nationally.”

A majority of the injuries were fractures, sprains, and strains, followed by injuries to the head, neck, and face. The most common cause of injury was falling, followed by colliding with other jumpers. These injuries are similar to trampoline injuries.

In addition to the most common causes of injuries, there’s an increase in number of injuries occurring because the bounce houses aren’t properly anchored to the ground. In June 2011, strong winds lifted three bounce houses off the ground at a youth soccer tournament in New York, injuring 13 children.

Safety Tips for Bounce Houses

Here are safety tips for bounce houses that should help ensure that you have a good experience:

  • Ensure the operator places a tarp down to protect the bottom of the house and that the bounce house is weighed down with weights or sandbags.
  • After the house has been inflated, check to see that there are no holes, rips, or punctures of any kind.
  • If applicable, make sure lawn sprinklers are turned off.
  • Place the bounce house in an area that has grass so that there is no chance of the bounce house being ripped or punctured by stones or gravel.
  • Always have adult supervision when children are playing in the bounce house.
  • Recommended age for children is four years or older.
  • Group kids according to their size so the risk of injury is minimized. Also, abide by the maximum capacity regulations for the specific house.
  • If there are strong winds, do not use the bounce house.
  • Keep pets away from the bounce house so they don’t puncture the unit with their teeth or claws.

If safety measures are followed and proper precautions have been taken, bounce houses can be exactly what they are intended to be: fun.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured on a bounce house, contact an Indianapolis personal injury lawyer from Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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