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Bouncy rides have become a staple of any good children’s party. Kids really enjoy being able to bounce around on their favorite type of house or even cartoon character. Who are we kidding – adults love them too! But recently, some concerns about inflatable bouncy house safety have called the lack of restrictions surrounding bounce-style rides into question.
These matters aren’t entirely unfounded – as recently as this past April, three young children (ages 2, 5 and 7) in El Paso, Texas, were injured when a bounce house they were playing in, was blown up ten feet into the air and across the street from their yard. This article says that at least two of the children were seriously injured because the house was not tethered properly to the ground.
A group in Wichita, Kansas, is currently looking to put an ordinance into place that would circumvent major safety concerns about the security of such bouncy rides. The current ordinance only covers companies that rent or permanently own inflatable bounce rides at events, but as more families begin to own inflatable amusement rides, officials believe that a new set of rules and provisions should be put into place. Some of these would potentially include:
- Inflatables would have to be inspected several times a year – not just once.
- Training measures would become much stricter – non-profit groups that own bouncy rides and families that would privately rent inflatables would have to receive training, even if professionals would be running the rides.
- Ride inspections would have to be more specific and connected to a harsher set of guidelines.
- Anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol would be banned from getting on such an inflatable.
These new rules may not be a bad idea, if only to remind people to be safe when operating such rides. So remember to always have safety concerns on mind when holding an event featuring a bouncy castle or Spongebob Squarepants. First comes safety, then comes the fun!