Bounce houses a big hit at parties but number of kids injured has soared 15-fold, study finds

  • Article by: LINDSEY TANNER , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 26, 2012 - 10:31 AM
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marathongirlNov. 26, 12 9:00 AM

Another thing for government to come in and regulate, God forbid people take personal responsibility for actions. The article states that the manufacturers already make recommendations in the instructions about overcrowding and allowing bigger kids and adults to bounce with young kids. If people ignore those instructions, why is it the governments job to get involved and make MORE regulations?

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wrongwyNov. 26, 12 9:29 AM

Because it takes full time parental or responsible person supervision to watch the bouncy house and limit the numbers of kids inside. That is why the injuries are up.

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shuckNov. 26, 1210:02 AM

Good, another form of exercise from which wet we can "protect" our kids. I strongly suspect that the net harm from preventing kids from participating in fun but marginally risky activity is much lower than the harm caused by driving them toward a more sedentary lifestyle. It doesn't have to be one extreme or the other, but it seems to work out that way for lots of kids/parents...

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dorkeemnNov. 26, 1210:51 AM

Let kids be kids for pete's sake. I grew up without carseats, safety belts, helmets, non-choking toys, etc... A broken leg or arm was a medal of sorts for kids. We don't need a nanny state - we need to let kids be kids and parents need to take some responsibility.

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lochboxerNov. 26, 1212:42 PM

60,000,000 children in the US, 30 of them get hurt in these jump houses and that is a cause for concern? C'mon more kids get hurt on bicycles every year.

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msfb99Nov. 26, 12 1:00 PM

Don't go outside. It's dangerous.

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mouthwashNov. 26, 12 2:04 PM

Probably another issue involving "online inventing" wherein actual physical reality is not taken into account until it is too late. Goes to show how so many people with jobs under 30 these days are perpetual space cadets.

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atoonceNov. 26, 12 4:51 PM

where did lochboxer get 30 from? the number is 11,000 injuries. That's quite a lot actually. I have young kids, so I have first hand experience with these things. Basically we have never held them back from using them, but my gut instinct watching them is it seems pretty dangerous. And chatting with other parents there, they all feel the same way. But it only takes two kids to bounce the wrong way and they could crack heads. What is so good about that. I don't really see where any regulation could solve this, beyond banning them and I'm not in favor of that. Kids love going on them. One time we went to one of these playlands for a birthday party. I dropped the older one with the party and took my younger boy, about 3 years old at the time to go on their bouncing obstacle course. We were the only ones there. One of the times through, he came flying down the exit ramp and ended way up on one of the sides to the ramp. It was pretty tall, but he bounced up there. I can't remember if he went over the side, but it was a concrete floor and a metal box right where he came off. It was by the grace of God that he wasn't killed that day. Scared the hell out of me, he didn't even notice. I think he landed on his arm, cried for 5 minutes, then got right back on. It can happen that fast, so you just never know. I paid very close attention to the landing ramp after that.

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atoonceNov. 26, 12 5:02 PM

I too grew up without car seats and bike helmets and somehow survived. But I use all of those things now. Talk to anyone that was in a car wreck and wasn't wearing a seat belt. Some of these newfangled ideas are actually quite logical and were long past due before they were implemented.

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