Bounce Houses: The Safe Way

Since the weather is warmer, professionals said more and more people are buying or renting bounce houses.

The owner of Fast Break Inflatables in Montoursville said this is his busiest season. Between festivals, graduation and birthday parties, he said he rents and installs around 60 bounce houses each month. He said there are a lot of rules parents and children need to follow to stay safe while using the inflatables.

The images are haunting. Wind blew a children’s bounce house up in the air in New York with three kids inside. Two of the children were badly hurt.

Jessica Wertz of Cogan Station said as a mom the story upset her.

“It was absolutely terrifying. We’ve all seen the bounce houses, the kids love them,” Wertz said.

Hearing about the airborne bounce house also upset Bryan Klotz of Montoursville. Klotz owns Fast Break Inflatables, which rents and delivers inflatable rides. He said this is the busiest time of the year for bounce houses, and he installs around 60 of them a month.

“We install all of ours just because we feel it’s safer that way and then we’re there to see what the conditions are being set up in and just to go over everything with the customer,” Klotz said.

Klotz said before he installs bounce houses, he goes over rules with parents. He requires adult supervision at all times, and said if the wind exceeds 15 miles per hour, the bounce house must be taken down.

“Basically it’s common sense, a lot of this stuff here, but you want to make sure you stress that to everybody. If somebody gets hurt, they’re not going to have any fun, the parents aren’t going to have any fun, and I’m not going to have any fun,” Klotz said.

Klotz added, one of the most important parts of his job is making sure those stakes are hammered all the way into the ground to make sure the bounce house doesn’t blow away.

“No matter what, you’ve got to make sure that those are in the ground properly secured,” Klotz said.

Jessica Wertz said the New York incident still makes her think twice about bounce houses.

“I’d feel better about a professional, but now being a very new parent I’d still be pretty nervous about it. But the kids love them so I’m sure I’d still let her go on,” Wertz said.

The professionals said bounce houses must be installed in an area where there are no power lines or other obstructions. They take about 15 minutes to set up, and it’s very important to follow the rules and stay safe.

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