2 Children Hurt After Another Bounce House Gets Blown Away

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An inflatable “bouncy house” in Colorado was swept away by the wind with children inside, just a few weeks after a similar incident took place in upstate New York.

According to news reports
“A witness captured the scene on her cell phone as two children suffered a tumble at the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse
Jamboree in Jefferson County on Saturday, when the bounce house came
untethered and sailed into the air. Winds were gusting at nearly 30
miles per hour, sending the house 300 feet from its original spot. 

A young girl was ejected from the inflatable slide when the house came
loose, and a 10-year-old boy who was inside the house was rushed to the
hospital. Doctors told NBC national investigative correspondent Jeff
Rossen that he is expected to make a full recovery.

Scary stuff. And before you assume this kind of thing is just a freak accident – please keep in mind that the exact same scenario took place less than a month ago in South Glen Falls, N.Y.
“It was like a horror movie,” said one witness to the New York incident. “It just kept going up and up. It cleared our building and the trees.” 
Dan Stuckey, the general manager of a safety certified bounce house
company in Long Island, shared some tips with Today.com on how to keep kids safe:
  • Properly secure the house by using stakes that are at least 18
    inches long, and hammer them all the way into the ground at a 45-degree
    angle.
  • When the wind is higher than 20 miles per hour, which
    usually causes the tops of trees to start swaying, it is not safe to let
    children in the bounce house.
  • Make sure you are not setting the house up near any power lines or near any water or pool.
  • Make sure the ground is firm because sand or loose dirt could cause injuries and instability.
  • If
    you are taking your child to a bounce house on someone else’s property,
    check if there are any rips or tears in it, and make sure the straps
    where the anchor points are located are in good condition. 
  • If the house has a slide, make sure the ropes anchoring it aren’t old or deteriorated.
  • Read the rules and recommendations printed on the house before using. 
You can see the terrifying footage captured by witnesses in Colorado here. What do you think? Have you reconsidered whether you would let your little one play in a bouncy house? 
 

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