How many events have you been to in the past year or so where there was an inflatable bounce house set up for the kids to play in? And how many birthday parties have you attended that were held at one of those bounce house centers with five or six inflatables for the kids to jump in to their hearts' content?
And one more question -- have you ever worried about your kids getting hurt while bouncing?
Well, as it turns out, a new report says that 30 children are treated for bounce-house related injuries in hospitals across the country each day.
Yep, doctors are seeing so many injuries from bounce houses, in fact, that they're calling the problem an epidemic.
And as a mom who's held her son's past two birthday parties at one of our local bounce house places -- I was kind of shocked to hear about what a hazard those things can be. I've let my 6-year-old run in and out of them for at least three years or so, and never once have I really worried about him falling and seriously hurting himself. The worst I figured could possibly happen is him accidentally running into another kid and having some sort of head-butting incident -- injuries like broken bones never seemed like a possibility.
But as you will see in this video clip, bounce houses can be much more dangerous than we ever imagined.
Ok, so some parents will probably panic after hearing this report, but I'll be honest -- it's not going to stop me from letting my little guy play in them. We just have to be smart about it to keep our kids as safe as possible. Here are some tips to follow to help keep bounce houses a safe and fun place that all of our kids can enjoy.
Will this new report stop you from letting your kids play in bounce houses?
Image via Mary Fischer