Bounce House Accident Raises Safety Concerns
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:
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