6 injured in bouncy castle explosion
Inflatable party accessory dangers and how to avoid them.
Six children were injured when a “bounce house” (bouncy castle) exploded in public park in Idaho, US, reported the Mail Online. Authorities  said that the children were treated for minor injuries on the scene, and that there were no serious injuries, stating that “bounce house explosions are very rare.”

The dangers of bouncing

That said, the inflatable structure, popular with children’s parties, has been associated to many accidents, some serious, over the decades. Injuries are commonly related to children bumping into each other, bumping their own teeth/mouths on their knees or falling out of the structure while playing, similar to injuries from trampolining. In one reported accident, an 11-year-old girl was lucky to escape with minor injuries after the bouncy castle she was playing on was blown by a strong gust of wind over 100 feet into the air, depositing her on a house roof.

What can parents do to ensure that their children are able to enjoy fun times on an inflatable house or castle without risking injury?

  • Place the bouncy castle in the centre of a lawn or other soft surface, away from surrounding buildings.
  • Make sure that no open flames or braai areas are close to the castle.
  • Be careful to ensure that any wires needed to power the castle are insulated and that no water comes close to any electrical equipment.
  • Do not place the castle under low roofs or trees.
  • Supervise children on the castle, ensuring that rough or dangerous play is stopped, and stick to the recommended numbers of children allowed to play at one time.
  • Ask kids to remove hard shoes or other objects before they play.
  • Let children of similar ages play together, so that bigger kids won’t bump smaller ones, and smaller ones won’t get hurt by being unable to move out of the way.
  • Secure the bouncy castle in order to ensure that a strong wind does not blow it away.
  • Read the instructions on the inflatable structure and make sure you stick to them.

Of course, accidents do happen, and children should be encouraged to have physical activity, but a few safety checks could help to limit any potential dangers.

Do you ever make sure your child is safe on outdoor equipment?

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