Bounce houses, inflatable bouncers, moon jumps. Kids love them, and for good reason. They offer the excitement of a trampoline with the safety of a giant cushion. But how safe are they really? Reports of chipped teeth, scrapes, and bruises are unfortunate. Tales of broken necks, paralysis, and death are downright shocking.
While bounce houses have not gotten the same negative backlash as trampolines (some companies won’t even insure a home with a trampoline) more and more stories of freak accidents are popping up. Like when a bounce house went airborne with children inside, crossed three lanes of traffic and was deposited onto a busy street in Tucson, Arizona. A bizarre occurrence- yes, and with minimal injuries. But then there are the other stories- a child smothered to death under the weight of adults, a back flip that leaves a teenager paralyzed- that force parents to re-think renting that bounce house for the next birthday party or school function. Bounce house injury, statistical information, and safety tips below were provided by ConsumerReports.org.
Statistics show an alarming rise in the number of bounce house injuries- a 277% increase from 1997 to 2004.
Bounce house injuries can be caused by a number of factors including improper anchoring or set-up, lack of rental directions and nonexistent operator supervision.
At Thomas J. Henry, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious injury, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.