Homosassa, FL – While every child loves playing in a bounce house, the unfortunate news is that inflatable bounce houses are quite dangerous.
Popular at birthday parties, amusement parks and fairs, inflatable bounce houses contribute to as many as 30 injuries per day for children in the United States. Some of these injuries include broken bones, sprains, concussions and lacerations. In fact, in 2010, there were more than 11,000 bounce house injuries reported in the U.S. That is more than twice the number reported in 2008 and 16 times more than the injuries documented in 1995.
Bounce house accidents can happen when children fall inside, as well as outside of the house and when they crash into one another while jumping. There have even been reports indicating that many bounce house injuries arise from these inflatable playthings losing air and collapsing, and even being lifted off the ground by heavy winds.
The sharp increase in these injuries may be explained by the new designs of these houses and because of the growing popularity of bounce houses among young children. While the number of children injured every year from bounce house injuries is alarming, it is important to remember that with proper adult supervision at all times, and by following the instructions associated with using a bounce house, many of these injuries can be avoided. Children should never be left unattended inside or near a bounce house and occupancy limits should never be exceeded.
Bounce houses have become a hugely popular source of entertainment for kids, and while there may be inherent dangers associated with using these inflatable houses, these hazards can often be reduced by exercising caution and using common sense. If your child has been seriously injured in an accident involving a bounce house or inflatable play structure, a Citrus County Child Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help determine who is at fault for the injury and whether you are entitled to receive financial compensation. For a free case evaluation, contact us today online or call 352-726-0078.