2 Accidents Where Bounce Houses Detach

By ISABELLA MOLLER | imoller@kark.com

Published 06/04 2014 01:54PM

Updated 06/04 2014 02:13PM

There have now been two accidents where bounce houses come detached from the ground and flown through the air.  In New York and Colorado these inflatable toys have sent children to the hospital. Are these toys safe?

WFFT's Isabella Moller spent time talking with bounce house rentals to determine if your kids are safe playing with these toys and who is liable if they do get hurt.

Owners of 2 rental companies both agree that bounce houses are safe, but renters need to be aware that they are liable if someone gets hurt.

Bounce house safety is on the minds of many parents after this bouncy slide in Colorado was blown away between 200 and 300 feet tossing around 2 children who were playing in it.  In New York, where a bounce house was swept away by a wind gust, climbing over 2 stories in the air, seriously injuring 2 boys ages 5 and 6.

"Whoevers the name on the contract whoever is the renter signing the paperwork is the one responsible."

Eric Smith, Senior Marketing Manager for Black Rose Tent Rentals says it's important to understand the dangers associated with bounce houses because this could happen here.

"Last year was a perfect example of it.  Just that big storm we got an it could happen again."

Party rentals like A Party Apart abide by strict Indiana guidelines to ensure their bounce houses are safe."

Jim Brockmann, Owner of A Party Apart says, "Our insurance company suggests we train their operators and that we do not provide operators."

Brockmann and Smith both agree that the responsibility needs to be on those renting the equipment.

"Getting liability off our neck and getting responsibility onto the people that are renting it."

"Liability falls within the insurance carriers part of the homeowner's insurance."

Smith says these bounce houses can be placed anywhere but the safest place is on the grass.

"4 steaks for a typical bounce house and you want to make sure it's on grass.  It can withstand more weight and movement of anything."

Smith showed WFFT the warning label directly on the bounce house highlighting that no sharp objects should be on the house, no shoes, and no rough play.

The most important thing to Angela Mendoza, "to reduce your liability is to be out with your children, and keep them from doing things that are not safe."

Both Angela and Eric stressed the importance of chaperoning your kids and taking advantage of being outside spending time with them.  Brockmann agreed and said that in the end you have to have the guts to tell the kids playing that if they are rough housing or if there is bad weather moving in, tell them to get out.

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