A February 2015 report from the Consumer Products Safety Commission reported that there were 113,272 injuries from inflatable amusements that required a visit to an emergency room for treatment from 2003-2013. In addition, there were 12 deaths documented during that same period. Most of the injuries were to arms and legs (66%) and occurred in children ranging from age 4 to 15.
Bounce houses are everywhere and at many birthday parties. It is almost impossible to avoid your child going to a bounce house at some point in time.
Very few states regulate the sellers and rental companies that make bounce houses available to children at parties. Even fewer states require these companies to carry any type of liability insurance. Many times, the first thing a parent gets when they arrive at a bounce house with their child is a waiver to sign releasing the operator from any liability.
However, there are things you can do to protect your child. First and foremost, make sure whoever rented the bounce house made sure the company providing the house is insured. Insurance companies generally require the bounce house operators to meet certain safety requirements before they will insure the operation. That may make their bounce house safer than an unregulated and uninsured operator.
Here are a few safety tips for you and your child to follow in bounce houses:
- Make sure your children wear socks with treads. This will keep them from slipping and falling.
- Never wear jewelry in a bounce house. Jewelry can potentially get caught on loose parts in a bounce house.
- Never mix ages. Small children should never be in a bounce house with large or older children.
- Never use a bounce house in windy weather. Even if it’s not windy, make sure the bounce house is properly secured to the ground.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, the experienced personal injury legal team at Roberts & Roberts is here to help with compassionate, aggressive representation. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.