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Monday, June 8, 2015
Should There Be a Law Regulating Bounce Houses?
Bounce houses can be endless fun for children, but lately there have been deaths occurring while children were in the Bounce house. Since the number of deaths have grown should there be stiffer regulations regarding Bouncy houses?
I have watched children playing in Bouncy houses. They really seem to enjoy it, but when I hear about high winds lifting a Bouncy House off the ground and a toddler dying as a result, I become quite alarmed. Children need to be in a safe environment. What can be done to keep them safe when playing?
Bounce House Created
According to en.wikipedia.org the first inflatable structure was designed in 1959 by Scurlock in Shreveport, Louisiana. It is further added that in 1986 his son expanded the rental concept throughout the United States to include the “Space Walk” and “Inflatable Zoo. “
Did you know that Bounce houses injure a United States child every 46 minutes? That is according to CBSnews.com. They further add that Dr. Gary A. Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital stated, “The medical and public health community has yet to provide recommendations on the safe use of inflatable bouncers,”
According to the Beasley Firm in 2006 two children were killed and 13 injured when the inflatable structure they were playing in was thrown into the air at Riverside Park. I have read of other recent injuries just this year. This is quite alarming. My grandchildren have played in Bounce Houses that were rented for their birthday parties, but I never knew of this danger. Apparently large gusts of winds have swept some of these inflatable houses into the air. The Beasley firm further adds that sometimes the renters are not adequately informed about the weather guidelines or there are defects in the inflatable bounce house itself.
One of the most recent injuries from a Bounce house occurred May 25, 2015, Monday, when 3 children were injured as a waterspout (a whirlwind occurring over the sea or body of water) lifted the bouncy house that they were in. This is according to CNN.com. I could not imagine the fear that was going through these children and their parent's mind.
Below is a list of regulations by State. According to Michigan besides permits and licenses, there must be Annual and periodic inspections. There has still been the question should there be stiffer regulations and penalties regarding Bounce Houses? Is there more that can be done to keep our children safe? Should Bounce Houses only be allowed indoors in larger space environments? What are your thoughts on this?
Photo Caption: en.wikipedia.org, j. Smith, CC-BY-SA-3.0.
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