If you have children, chances are you want to make their birthdays a special day. You will plan a party, invite friends and family to the celebration, and make sure that your little one has the time of their life. You may even choose to rent a bounce house or other inflatable for entertainment. But wait.
Before you spend money on a bounce house, you should be aware of the vast number of complaints regarding the safety of these popular party rentals. The inflatable rental industry is not regulated in the state of Florida. Recent footage of a bounce house floating across a beach in Fort Lauderdale has people questioning whether these rentals are a good idea.
In this most recent incident, none of the three small occupants inside were seriously injured, though the children, their parents, and party goers received quite a fright. According to Jupiter Bounce owner Stephen Vonk, the only thing needed to start your own bounce house rental business is money. It is up to owners of the companies to monitor the safety of their equipment.
“There are only a few of us that do things the right way,” says Vonk. “It’s important to look for an owner that’s also insured to make sure you’re making the safest decision.”
The Journal of Pediatrics released a report stating that 31 children were sent to an emergency room each day in 2010 due to injuries received on or in these inflatables. That equates to one child every 46 minutes being injured. In the past 20 years, there have been five injuries per every 100,000 children playing on or in these popular party toys.
Bounce-house accidents often occur for one of two reasons: the house is not secured properly or operators are inattentive. If you choose to have a bounce house at your child’s party, make sure that the owner or employee has secured the house properly and that it is inflated as it should be. Also make sure that children inside are always supervised. These things will go a long way in preventing accidents.
Before you rent any bounce house, be sure that the company is insured. Ask for references and check the Better Business Bureau site for any complaints. You can also check Yelp or Google for reviews. Never choose a rental company without doing a fair amount of research.
If your child has been injured in a bounce house accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our personal injury lawyers and tell us about your incident. We will help you determine if you have a case. Call us now.