Bounce houses are a festival and birthday party staple for most kids, but unfortunately, they are also major safety hazards. In fact, in 2012 alone, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported almost 19,000 injuries caused by use of bouncies and related attractions.
Potential injuries range from minor bumps and bruises to ankle sprains and fractures, some so severe they require surgical repair. In order to keep kids safe while enjoying this childhood staple, here’s a list of 10 tips for proper bounce house use:
- Keep bounce houses away from fences, greenhouses, branches, etc.
- Consider limiting use to children 6 years of age and older
- Kids should take off shoes, glasses and jewelry before going in, and they should hold or carry any sharp objects, like pens or keys
- Don't let big kids and small kids bounce at the same time
- Don't allow entry to adults or older children who exceed height or weight limits
- Food, drink, bottles, etc. shouldn't be taken inside the bounce house
- Close supervision at all times
- Follow the recommended limit on number of kids inside at any given time, and make sure kids are getting on and off in a controlled manner
- Don't let children climb on the outside walls
- Flips and rough play should not be allowed
While we do our best to prevent injury, accidents will always happen. If your child has a foot or ankle injury, schedule an appointment with Dr. Schneider immediately.