Latest Nightmare Bounce House Accident Puts Moms on High Alert This Summer (VIDEO)

bounce houseIf you didn't already loathe bounce houses enough, here's a story they may scare you out of ever letting your kid in one again. Alissa Lamm, 2, was in one at a local festival in Westport, Washington, last weekend. There she was happily bouncing along when all of a sudden, the generator died, and the bounce house began to deflate.

According to ABC, Alissa, who weighs just 26 pounds, was stuck inside along with two small boys. Her father, Richard Lamm, told the station: "She was trapped. All that rubber and vinyl was pressed in on her; it would have suffocated her.”

Fortunately a brave 10-year-old girl, Ryann Raffelson was there, and she climbed in and saved all of the children. First she brought out the boys, then she went back in for Alissa. Everyone was fine, thanks to her quick action.

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It's a great, happy ending, and Rafffelson is definitely a hero, but it still doesn't take away from the fact that this bounce house collapsed, and kids could have been suffocated. As fun as they are -- and they are indeed fun -- they are just problems waiting to happen. In addition to collapsing we've seen:

Those that blow away while kids are still inside them.

Reports that there's dangerous lead in them.

Statistics that say approximately 30 bounce-house-related injuries are reported in the U.S. every day.

I don't want to be a party pooper, but they sure don't have a good track record. I still let my kids go in them at parties (or I did before reading this story), but it doesn't mean I don't cringe each time they do.

Does this change your mind about letting your kids go in bounce houses?


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LostS... LostSoul88

No it doesn't change my mind, more kids die from drowning then any bounce house accident. Should I stop allowing my kids around water now? It kind of sickens me that it took another child to go in and save the kids while the dad just stood there "my daughters trapped!" WELL DO SOMETHING!

nonmember avatar Kristi

I agree with LostSoul. Accidents are ACCIDENTS. There is danger in absolutely everything anyone does. Why on Earth did a child have to save the children.? When my kids jump I stand right there and watch them, yep I watch my kids. I would be the first mom grabbing my kids if I even thought it was deflating in any way. Guess I am weird that way.

lovem... lovemyson1224

It doesn't change my mind. You can't put your children in a bubble.

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

I had a problem with a bounce house just last May. It was at my daughter's end of school field day. There wasNO teacher supervison when I arrived and found my daughter, being landed on by other children (it was one of the slide kind). I kept trying to yell at the other kids to stop and wait but the music was so blaringly loud they couldnt hear me. Everything ended up fine, but I seriously reamed the school staff. Those things ARE dangerous! 

2many... 2manydiapers

Where were the 2 year olds parents? why did a 10 year old have to save children?

nonmember avatar Kristi

Evalyncarnate-I am not trying to be snippy but you just proved it wasn't the slide it was the lack of adult supervision in your case.

kckcm2 kckcm2

We have a bouncy house park I'm taking DD to today. She has a blast everyone she goes. Lack of supervision makes them dangerous, Judd like every single thing you do with your children. Everything in moderation, with supervision.

kckcm2 kckcm2

Facepalm - autocorrect is my worst enemy

LadyM... LadyMinni

Wow, we did that intentionally when I was a kid! They would turn off the generator for a few minutes, then flip it back on and it would send us flying. No one ever got hurt. I have never been injured in a bounce house and the only person I know personally who has was my sister -a kid kneed her in the kidney. That being said, there was always a boatload of adult supervision. Usually there was an adult in the bounce house with us, sitting there and keeping tabs on everything.

JessL... JessLogansMommy

So even if you do put your kids in a giant bubble they still aren't safe! 

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