3 Children Injured by Inflatable Toy Blown into Air
Three children were injured Monday when the inflatable bounce house they were playing inside was blown into the air, according to a report by ABC News. The accident happened in a townhouse community in South Glens Falls, New York.
About the Bounce House Injuries
Police say the stakes holding the bounce house to the ground came loose, causing the structure to be blown into the air. Three children were inside the bounce house at the time of the accident, including a 10-year-old girl and two boys, ages 5 and 6.
The girl, who was near the doorway of the bounce house, sustained minor injuries. The two boys fell approximately 15 feet; one boy landed on a parked car and the other landed on asphalt.
The two boys remain hospitalized and the extent of their injuries has not been disclosed.
Bounce House Injury Statistics
In a report from November 2012, the Huffington Post noted that injuries related to bounce houses had risen dramatically in recent years. Injuries rose from under 1,000 children treated in emergency rooms in 1995 to nearly 11,000 in 2010. More than one-third of the injuries treated were sustained by children aged 5 and under. The report also noted that between 2003 and 2007, at least four children had died in bounce house accidents.