Physical activity is an important part of development for kids as physically fit kids are able to handle both corporeal and emotional challenges that come in their way. Jumping is an easy and interesting way for kids to do physical workout and for jumping no other option is better than the bouncy houses. Bounce houses are fun to have at children’s parties and carnivals. But they can also cause serious injuries, such as broken bones or concussions. Injuries related to bounce houses have increased in recent years. If you are thinking that bounce houses are dangerous, then you are wrong.
Only our carelessness is the reason of these injuries. You can make your kids safe in bounce houses by just following some safety tips.
Safety Tips for Bounce Houses
Be aware of weather-
Wind is the number one enemy of bounce house. It can cause bounce house to become dangerous. So, don’t forget to remove your children from bounce house if the speed of wind is 20 to 25 miles per hour or higher.
Material used by company-
A lot of companies who have just gotten into the business of inflatable, don’t know how to anchor an inflatable to the ground. They use 4- 5 inch plastic stakes to anchor bounce house which is very risky. Therefore make sure that the company is using long metal stakes to anchor bounce house to the ground.
Insurance of company-
Make sure that the company is insured which you are hiring to set up bounce house.Trained staff members should be the ones setting up the inflatable and supervising children.
Aware of national laws-
Make sure that there are no national laws for bounce houses. Parents should make sure that bounce house has been set up correctly and is safe to use even if an insured company is there to set up bounce house.
Follow equipment safety instructions-
These instructions can include removing any ladders, covering springs, hinges and putting up a net enclosure.
Talk to the company-
Ask the company if they have any records of accidents in the past and what measures were taken to prevent them. If the company is saying that they never have accidents, be suspicious. Make sure that the company cleans the bounce house thoroughly after every use.
Some other things to remember
- Kids should take off footwear, eyeglasses, jewelry, pens and keys before getting on the set.
- Adults or children who are larger than the height/weight of bounce house should not be allowed to sit in bounce house.
- Supervision should be maintained all the time. If supervision cannot be maintained, the bounce house should be deflated and moved away.
- Place a soft surface around the entrance/exit of the bounce house, if the bounce house is set up in the room with hard floors.