Alarming News Story Displays the Importance of Bouncy Castle Safety Precautions
There has been a lot of media attention about a recent news report about a retail ‘Little Tike’ bounce house catching wind in New York and soaring into the sky. The oldest child onboard, age 10, managed to slide out right away with minor scrapes to get help, but the 5 and 6 year old were hospitalized with broken bones and a severe head injury after falling out from higher than 16 feet in the air.
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This is alarming for anyone to hear because bouncy castles are supposed to be FUN right? Trust us, we were just as terrified and appalled as you were when we heard the news! The report indicates that the castle was indeed staked to the ground, as per safety instructions and set up correctly, but supervision appears to have been lacking on this very windy day.
Bouncy castle safety seems to be a grey area with many consumers, so we’re here to give you a few tips in what to look for next time you purchase or rent a castle.
Tip 1: Do Your Homework!
The most important advice we can stress is ‘DO YOUR HOMEWORK’!!
If you’re looking for the cheapest route on your wallet, you’ll need to make sure you’re well versed with the safety responsibilities it entails. If you’d like more peace of mind during an event or party, look for a company that offers trained supervision and full coverage insurance, so you can sit back and relax.
Tip 2: Have a Designated Supervisor
An adult must be present at all times to oversee bouncy castle safety and keep an eye on weather conditions. With the news report as a clear example, high winds can be very dangerous with small retail equipment weighing as little as 20-50lbs. The provided stakes can be uprooted with very little force and should be upgraded to a more secure option. Keep in mind, if any injuries occur, without proper insurance, it’s on your equipment, under your watch, therefore making you fully liable for all expenses.. YIKES!
Tom Barber, owner of Bounce Around, in New York gives an excellent demonstration of how to safely stake down a residential bounce house along with his comparison between them and industrial castles.
Stay tuned for more bouncy castle safety tips