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The biggest issue with inflatables at the moment is probably the lack of inflatable safety measures being taken by many companies in various areas. This is problematic, especially when inflatable accidents are almost totally preventable with the correct supervision and installation. As you know, with anything comes a few apples, so, in a lot of cases, these accidents may still occur. However, it is very concerning when state governments and local townships do not require any type of regulations regarding inflatable installation or safety.
As I have mentioned before, some of these states are beginning to see how dangerous it can be to allow renters to simply set up inflatables on their own. According to an article in The Register-Guard, restrictions are now being prompted by a number of accidents that have left some people injured:
“Last month, a YouTube video of a gust of wind sending three inflatables flying into a crowd of people in New York went viral. Thirteen people were hurt in the accident, one seriously. In Salem, five people waiting to ride down an inflatable slide shaped like the Titanic ended up hospitalized after the slide tipped over during the 2003 Bite of Salem. Salem Police said they thought improper anchoring of the slide caused it to blow over in the wind. Oregon’s failed legislation would have brought inflatables under state oversight.”
What’s truly surprising about Oregon’s lack of regulations is that it extends to all amusement park rides, not just inflatables. The article says that there are 11 states that leave these types of safeguards to the private sector, which can potentially lead to fatalities and other accidents.
Because of the aforementioned accidents, many states are beginning to reexamine the need for safety rules when it comes to not just inflatables, but carnival rides as well. This may not change for six states though – Alabama, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming have no regulations at all, even in the private sector.