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Summer Injury Prevention: Bounce House Injuries

Inflatable bounce houses, or moon bounces, have increased in popularity in the U.S. over the past few decades as more people rent them for backyard birthday parties and the option to own one becomes more affordable. Already this year, three different stories of children injured in inflatable amusements gone airborne have made headlines. Although those accidents are rare, one estimate says every 45 minutes a child is injured in a bounce house.

Bounce House Injury Statistics

A study conducted by researchers at Nationwide Hospital found that bounce-house related injuries increased by about 1500% between 1995 and 2010. In a 20-year time span, approximately 65,000 children were treated in emergency rooms for these types of injuries.

The most common injuries? Arm and leg injuries were most frequently seen overall; however, younger children under the age of five were more likely to have fractures whereas older children were treated for sprains and strains. The study also found that about 18.5 percent of children treated suffered head and neck injuries.

Bounce House Injury Prevention

There are steps you can take to keep your loved ones safe this summer while playing on bounce houses. The Child Injury Prevention Alliance provides the following tips:

  • Bounce houses should only be used by children ages 6 and up.
  • Always make sure an adult supervises play.
  • It’s best to only allow one child on the bouncer at a time. If more than one child is allowed, the children should be of similar age and size.
  • Set up bounce houses on a flat surface that is free of rocks and other objects. Ensure that there is open space on all sides.

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