Monday, June 2nd, 2014
A bounce house that had two children inside blew across a field in Colorado on Saturday. A young girl was thrown about eight feet into the air and a boy was trapped in the bounce house. This happened just weeks after a similar incident occurred in upstate New York. More from TIME:
Witness Desiree Hunter described watching the structure tumble across the field “like a bag in the wind” in Littleton, Colo., KUSA reports.
The incident marks the second time in the past month that a bounce house has caused injuries after getting picked up by a gust of wind. Two young boys were injured in upstate New York in mid-May when they fell 15 feet out of an inflatable attraction that reached a height of 50 feet in the air.
Local officials said the girl was released on site while the boy, who was trapped in the bounce house as it traveled 200 to 300 feet, was taken into an ambulance. Police do not believe he suffered serious injuries.
Airbound, the company that manufactured the bounce house, did not respond to KUSA’s request for comment.
Similar incidents in the past few year have prompted Jim Barber, a National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials spokesman, to call bounce houses “probably the most dangerous amusement devices they have” in 2011.
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Monday, May 19th, 2014
An accident that happened last week in upstate New York when an inflatable “bounce house” apparently blew off its safety stakes and flew up to 20 feet in the air with children still inside has bounce house manufacturers and parents alike thinking more carefully about the safety of the houses, particularly small ones that are privately owned and operated.
According to news reports, two children were seriously injured in the May 13 accident: a 5- and a 6-year-old boy were carried as far as 15 to 20 feet into the air before they fell out of the house, and were both sent to Albany Medical Center. The 5-year-old boy was subsequently put into a medically induced coma to treat the serious head injuries he sustained when he landing on a parked car. The 6-year-old broke both arms, jaw, and eye socket, and ruptured his spleen when he landed in a parking lot.
The Weather Channel reports that despite repeated mentions of a “violent” wind gust that caused the accident, there were no discernible gusts on the day of the accident:
“Winds were light at the Glens Falls reporting station at the reported time of the incident,” said Stu Ostro, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel. Ostro says winds were only between 5 and 10 mph.
Police tell weather.com that the bounce house was rather small — not the professional-sized ones you’d see at fairs and amusement parks.
The bounce house manufacturer, Little Tikes, said they would investigate the cause of the incident, NBC News reports.
“Providing safe and wholesome play experiences is of utmost importance to Little Tikes. We are looking into what happened in South Glen Falls Monday,” Jennifer Campana, Director PR & Social Media, MGA Entertainment, the parent company of Little Tikes, told NBC News. “In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with the children and their families.”
A study published in 2012 by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital found as many as 30 kids a day were treated in emergency rooms for injuries associated with inflatable bouncers.
Just last week, Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, banned bouncers on school property, WAVE-TV reports.
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