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Hazards of inflatable children's bounce houses

Colorful bounce houses and jumping castles are often the highlight of kids' parties and family events, but these inflatables that allow children to defy gravity can themselves go airborne. 

When a dust devil came through and started whipping around one jumping castle and wrapped it around a light pole people took notice.

Fortunately, parents and teachers were able to pull the kids out of the bounce house just in time, but that was not the case in yet another inflatable flyaway. A terrifying scene took place at a children's soccer league event in Oceanside, New York.

Several children inside the inflatable were injured. It then landed on a mother, who was rushed to the hospital in serious condition.

Sam Bagumyan has been manufacturing inflatables since 1996.

"This could have been prevented during high winds if the inflatable was securely anchored to the ground," says Bagumyan.

Bagumyan says parents should conduct their own safety check before allowing their children to enter a bounce house.

"If you bring your child to a party and there's a bounce house, you want to make sure that it's properly anchored. It's important for the bounce house to be on a flat surface, since this will prevent the unit from tipping over while riders are playing inside," Bagumyan says/

Most important, Bagumyan says you should never use a bounce house in high winds, no matter how well it's anchored.

"If you feel winds are getting real strong, watching out to see if trees are moving vigorously, this is typically a good sign to stop the inflatable and evacuate kids away from it," says Bagumyan.

He also recommends looking for three critical safety features built into most bounce houses.

"Make sure that the inflatable has safety rules and clear directions as to how the unit should be operated. You want to make sure it has a large enough entrance and exit for riders to enter and exit out should an emergency occur. You also want to make sure your inflatable has netted windows, to provide ventilation, and also providing operator or parent supervision as the riders are playing inside," says Bagumyan.

All inflatable manufacturers stress the importance of adult supervision, especially to make sure larger kids never jump with smaller children as they could accidentally be crushed.

By following that rule and making sure the inflatable is properly anchored and the winds are calm you can let the kids have a romping good time and not worry about the party turning into a bounce house tragedy.

Two more safety tips from an organization called the child injury prevention alliance. When setting up a bounce house outside, place it away from trees and power lines.

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