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Potential Injuries

Bounce houses, moonwalks, and other inflatable devices have been providing fun, memorable experiences to users of all ages for years and years, and show no signs of stopping anytime soon. However, even though these devices provide fun and excitement to so many people every single day of the week, you still must remain cautious when using them, as well as enforcing rules of safety when monitoring and operating them. Bounce houses are quite fun, but they can also be dangerous if you are not properly monitoring the activities both inside and outside the device. The number of potential injuries you may accidentally encounter when owning and operating a bounce house is relatively small, but you should still know what to do if these situations should ever occur.

The most common type of injury you will have while in possession of a bounce house is an accidental collision between users while bouncing or jumping inside of your inflatable. Even if you have multiple people monitoring the inside of your bounce house, accidents can still occur without warning. If two or more users collide while bouncing, have all users evacuate the bounce house at once. If they require assistance, have adults and parents in the area help to escort the bounce house users out of the main area. Once the injured users are away from the bounce house, inspect the damage. The injured bouncers will likely not have too serious injuries; most of the time, they’ll just have the wind knocked out of them. However, if the impact was able to draw blood, wash off the damaged area and apply a bandage immediately. Consider calling for an ambulance only if the pain has not subsided after a significant period of time. Make sure that you clean and sterilize the inside of the bounce house before you allow bouncing and jumping to continue that day. The injured guests may have accidentally left blood or spit on the floor of the bounce house after the accident. Periodical sanitation of a bounce house’s interior is always a good idea, and can prevent germs and other outside particles from forming on the surface of your inflatable device.

Some bounce houses require crawling through the entrance in order to get to the main bounce area. Inexperienced bounce house users and those dizzy from playing inside of the bounce house can end up tripping while exiting the bounce house and injuring themselves while landing on the ground. If this occurs, apply the same sort of treatment that you would give during a collision. Help the injured person, or persons, away from the bounce house. Once there, inspect their injuries. Consider putting mats or blankets outside of the bounce entrance area if the problem persists. Other forms of tripping around a bounce house, rather than inside of one, include tripping over the stakes or sandbags anchoring the inflatable device to the ground. Offer the same treatment for these potential injuries. In addition, consider re-arranging the positions of the stakes and the blower for future use to avoid such accidents.

Inflatable water slide and water park injuries are rare in occurrence. The majority of water slides these days have guard rails on either side of the slide’s slope, so falling off the side of the slope during use is an occurrence that is almost non-existent. However, accidental collisions can strike in water inflatables, as well. If users do not wait for other users to clear the bottom of the slide before going down the slope themselves, they will likely end up colliding, due to the fast rate at which people slide down the wet, slippery inflatable slide. Those who smash into each other at the bottom of the slide will likely end up with the same symptoms as the other scenarios: mildly bruised and sore, but nothing too serious. Always remember to have at least one person monitoring the inflatable device activity at all times to in some way prevent the rowdy behavior from turning unnecessarily dangerous.

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