Bouncy Castles Blow Away—With Kids Inside
June 6, 2011
Parents of little and big kids alike know the allure of bounce houses for kids. But while the danger of sending a 3-year-old into bouncy castle with a bunch of roughhousing 10-year-olds might be apparent, other potential dangers are not. For example, this past weekend, at a Long Island, New York soccer field, three bounce houses went airborne—with kids inside—courtesy of a big gust of wind. And that’s not the first time this year a similar incident has occurred, reports the Today Show.
Plus: 9 Pediatric Emergency Essentials
Although 13 people were taken to local hospitals with injuries in this most recent incident, fortunately none of them were life-threatening. But, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that between 2005 and 2007, all kinds of bounce house accidents sent a total of 6,000 people to the ER per year. Most of those injured were between 5 and 14 years old, and the most common injury was broken bones.
Plus: First Aid for Broken Bones
Not all states regulate the use of bounce houses, and not everyone anchors them properly to prevent them from moving, adding to parents’ concerns. Will you still allow your kids to play in bouncy castles after seeing this terrifying video?