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8 Ways to Make Bounce Houses Less Dangerous for Your Kids (VIDEO)

by Mary Fischer on November 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

bounce houseHow 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.

(For real?)

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.

  1. Always make sure your kids wear socks with treads on the bottom to help prevent them from slipping.
  2. No jewelry, watches, or anything that could potentially get caught on part of the bounce house. (This one should really be a no-brainer.)
  3. Wear appropriate clothing -- Dress your kids in gym-type attire so they can move more freely. Material like denim will make it harder to go down slides, etc.
  4. Don't mix ages. Keep toddlers in one house and big kids in another to avoid any potential trampling or collisions.
  5. If the bounce house is set up in your yard, always make sure an adult has an eye on it to see that it's properly inflated. (I've seen one deflate and almost trap a little girl -- and it's a pretty frightening sight.)
  6. NEVER EVER EVER set them up on windy days, and even on non-windy days, make sure they are properly tied down.
  7. At parties where many kids are present, think about hiring a babysitter to follow them in and out of the larger houses to make sure no one gets hurt.
  8. When in doubt, go down the slide with your smaller kids. They aren't heavy enough to get down and could possibly bounce right off the slide and hurt themselves.

Will this new report stop you from letting your kids play in bounce houses?

 

Image via Mary Fischer

Filed Under: activities, safety, birthdays, kid parties

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  • Akash...
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    AkashaGermaine

    November 26, 2012 at 11:21 AM
    Make sure they follow the safety rules!!!! When I was about eleven I went into one of these things at the local fair. One of the kids decided that it was safe time diet a flip, even though it was against the rules. He knocked me down and landed in my face. And here's a tie in to the clothing thing - his denim pants gave me a nasty case of rug burn (for lack of a better term). Unfortunately the attendant had stepped away for a cig break, yeah I know, and the carnival owner was worried about a lawsuit. But it never crossed my parents minds. BTW, I still let my daughter play in them, didn't scar me for life or anything.
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    AkashaGermaine

    November 26, 2012 at 11:22 AM
    To do, not time diet. Love flippin' auticorrect. Doesn't work when it needs to, but screws me up when it shouldn't.
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    lalaboosh

    November 26, 2012 at 2:19 PM
    Ummmm, really? It's obvious that kids will get hurt if left unsupervised in a bounce house. I go in WITH my toddler and leave if it gets crowded or a crazypants kid comes in. Why don't parents SUPERVISE anymore?
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    MomLily67

    November 26, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    No, but  I was at a party in which the bounce castle deflated and 3 little kids were trapped, quickly pulled out, but all were in shock because of the scare. Needless to say the party was over early.  I do agree that  kids should be closely supervised and hirn some extra  help is a good idea, or have the parents know in advance and give out "watch turns".


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    Katie

    November 13, 2013 at 9:55 AM
    #8 is seriously wrong. If a child can not make it up the slide then they should not go down the slide. The most fatal accidents happen when a parent takes there kid down a slide and then crushes them. I have been to training and it happens time and time again. It makes me sad that misinformation is being put out there and then when a child gets hurts or dies because they followed the wrong rules :(
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