Summer Safety TIps: More Kids Hurt on Bouncy Castles Than Rides

Bouncy HouseThese days most places you take you kids you see a Bouncy House / Castles.  You see them at indoor playgrounds, carnivals, fairs and backyard gatherings. But did you know that bouncy castles accounted for 42 per cent of all amusement injuries per a canadian-led study?

Kathryn Woodcock of THRILL Lab (Tools for Holistic Ride Inspection Learning and Leadership) at Ryerson University studies things just like these. Woodcock used data collected by the U.S.-based National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) in 2010 which were published in the February 2014 issue of the journal Safety Science. The results was that 42 per cent of amusement injury where due to inflatable devices like bouncy castles and 79 percent of fall were due to inflatable slides. So below are some tips to keep your kids safe this summer…

Tips for Using Inflatables Safely

  1. Make sure the inflatable is not overloaded with too many children
  2. Separate times for preteens  and smaller children or  toddlers
  3. Slide down slides. Do not jump and go down on your bottom
  4. There should be constant supervision by the inflatable operator
  5. Know the weather requirements of the device and follow them

Contact Us (859-525-8181) if you have any questions about summer safety!

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