Bounce House Safety

By: James Johnson Email
By: James Johnson Email

A bounce house picked up by the wind and carrier away like a hot air balloon. Three children were playing in this bounce house. One would suffer minor cuts and bruises while the other two would be seriously injured; one with injuries to his head and the other with broken bones. Strong winds have been blamed for the accident. Enrique Jaime owns a bounce house rental company here in Laredo and says before setting up a bounce house there are something’s you need to look at.

“When you’re going to set up a bounce house you want to make sure the ground is level, it's completely stake down, plus it shouldn't be operating in 20 mile an hour winds. 20-mile winds are the limit, after that shut it down. You don't want any accidents.

This bounce house is one that can be found inside any department store. Enrique says there’s a difference between the ones you buy and the ones that you rent… and maybe the reason the accident happened in the first place.

“The ones you rent are commercial use and the ones you buy are light. Commercial ones are thick vinyl.”
According to Enrique in the state of Texas, companies who rent out bounce houses need to have insurance. On top of having insurance these houses are suppose to be inspected by the state, this way everyone’s protected. A little research into the company your renting from goes a long way and can help keep your loved ones safe.

“I would call the company make sure they're insured, state inspected cleaned and sanitized. Just do a background check look them up and make sure they have the proper paper work.”

For KGNS news I’m James Johnson.

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