We have long discussed the regulations regarding inflatables safety in various states across the country. More and more lawmakers are looking into regulating the industry to make inflatables as safe as they are fun. There are a number of reasons for this – however, the primary push for these measures is for overall safety of the people using inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses at parties. When you look at some of the recent news involving inflatables, it’s easy to see why this regulation might not be a bad idea.
According to the Ventura County Star, a Wichita inflatables company is facing some serious allegations regarding licensing and safety issues:
“A man who operates a Wichita inflatables company where a child died faces a third charge of running the business without proper licensing. The Wichita Eagle reported Tuesday that the misdemeanor charge against Jesse Zogleman stems from a sting operation. Police allege Zogleman entered into a contract with an undercover detective in July to operate rides in Wichita.”
Zogleman’s companies, Moonwalks for Fun and Pure Entertainment, have allegedly been involved in many illegal activities involving the sale and rental of inflatables, the article says. A number of the issues stem from the death of a 5-year-old who fell off an inflatable at Moonwalks for Fun. This fatality was a catalyst for major regulatory shifts in Wichita which revoked inflatable licensing to Zogleman – however, this wasn’t enough to stop his operation:
“Earlier this year, two criminal complaints were filed against him. One allegation involves an offer to provide inflatables to Heartspring Inc, which serves children with special needs. The other alleges he entered into a contract to provide and operate inflatables for the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland.”
Before you rent or buy an inflatable, make sure you are working with a licensed inflatables company that has the proper permits your area requires. Furthermore, be aware of the safety measures being taken by the company you choose to work with. This story in Kansas is the perfect example of what can go wrong.