Bounce House Injuries Shoot Up
A new study reveals that injuries from bounce houses, moonwalks, and other inflatable bouncers—a popular means of recreation at birthday parties and carnivals for kids—increased fifteenfold during the period from 1995 to 2010.
USA Today reports that the study found an estimated 30 children were treated daily at emergency rooms for such injuries in 2010. There were also more than 11,300 injuries reported in 2010 as compared to 721 in 1995. The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, obtained its data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, operated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The study of bounce house injuries found that 28 percent of children under 18 years of age had to be treated at hospitals for fractures, 27 percent for strains or sprains, and another 19 percent for head and neck injuries, writes USA Today.
The study calls for national safety guidelines for inflatable bouncers. According to CPSC, anchoring bounce houses and preventing older children from jumping at the same time as younger children can help to avert injuries. Children younger than 6 years should not be allowed to jump on inflatables and older ones should be allowed only under adult supervision, reports USA Today.