Bounce House Injuries
Half of the bounce house injuries were fractures, sprains and strains, according to the study, followed by injuries to the head, neck and faceMore than 11,300 children were treated for bounce house-related injuries in 2010, double the number from 2008 and 16 times the number from 1995, according to the study published today in the journal Pediatrics.
That "equals a child every 46 minutes nationally," wrote the authors from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. "This epidemic increase highlights the urgency of addressing the prevention of inflatable bouncer-related injuries among children."
A parent has the right to hold the rental company, and in some cases the manufacturer of the inflatable unit responsible when their child is injuredRelatively little is known about the epidemiology of inflatable bouncer-related injuries in the United States. US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports have analyzed inflatable amusement injuries by using data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS).9-15 A 2009 CPSC report estimated that 31 069 inflatable amusement-related injuries were treated in US emergency departments (EDs) from 2003 to 2007.15 However, only 1 peer-reviewed study has examined inflatable bouncer-related injuries in the United States, and it focused only on fractures and was limited to 49 patients treated in a single urban ED over an ~4.5-year period.1 Although authors have drawn parallels between trampoline-related and inflatable bouncer-related injuries,1,16 bouncers have escaped the attention garnered by trampolines in the medical literature17-21 and public policy arena.
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, Level I Trauma Center showed that as many as 4,000 children were injuredThe Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that between 1997 and 2004 there were many incidences of injuries and have data that showed a dramatic increase in child injuries between 2002 and 2005 numbering at least 4,900 and 4 deaths. The victims were between the ages of 15 and 24 in these incidences. Then in 2007 there was a three year old child fatally injured that sustained a traumatic head injury, when two adults fell on the child.
The inflatable units are normally rental units, which mean they might not be maintained in the manner they should be, they might not be retired when there is a dangerous amount of wear or they could be a poor design. This is a play unit that also has dangers on the outside that can injure children, such as the electricity or generator that is used to keep the unit inflated.
These types of child injuries that can be sustained by children playing in one of the inflatable units can include traumatic head, neck and spinal cord i
Following the basic safety rulesHire a rental company that is insured. This demonstrates a commitment to safety.
Watch your kids closely when they play in or around an inflatable.
Make sure the unit is staked down or heavily weighted down with ground weights or sandbags.
When the unit is inflated, make sure there are no visible rips or holes.
Make sure the unit is fully inflated and not sagging.
The operator must cover all operating and safety procedures verbally -- and should leave printed instructions as well.
Do not exceed the maximum capacity/occupancy at anytime.
Make sure to put your child in with other children his/her size.
Remove any children who seem tired. A sitting child risks getting jumped or landed on.
Turn the unit off during inclement weather or high winds.
Association of Inflatable Rental Company OperatorsIn the US, the Association of Inflatable Rental Company Operators (AIRCO) is the largest trade group for companies who rent inflatable amusements. Established in 2005, it evolved from a commercial forum. A trade group was needed to bring the industry together, promoting safety and monitoring standards. The Moonwalk Forum  is an online information source that was created by Matthew Mark. Currently over 5,000 members contribute the vast amount of information available. With other operators from the Moonwalk Forum, Mark created the Safe Inflatables Operators Training Organization (SIOTO) in 2005  to train operators of inflatable games.