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Tragic news came out of Great Britain this weekend as a 7-year-old girl was killed when a gust of wind blew away the bounce house she was playing in.  According to reports, a strong wind pulled the safety stakes out of the ground and carried the bounce house to the foot of a nearby hill.  The death resulted in the arrest of 2 people from the firm that runs the attraction for manslaughter by gross negligence.

Bounce houses have a checkered safety history.  While news stories tend to focus on dramatic events like the one that occurred in the UK, the majority of injuries occur when the bounce house is being used in the ordinary fashion – often from children colliding with one another in the field of play.  Even so, many consider bounce houses to be relatively safe compared to standard playground equipment.

Following some simple safety tips can help reduce the risk of injury in bounce houses:

  • Remove sharp objects, footwear, and jewelry prior to entering
  • Avoid allowing children of different ages or sizes to use the product at the same time
  • Follow all posted instructions and warnings
  • Children should be supervised at all times

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