A Seattle child injury attorney shares accident prevention tips and safety advice for parents regarding inflatable play structures and bounce houses.

Inflatable Play Structure Safety Tips – Have a Fun & Safe Time in Bounce Houses

This week, we discussed a new study that child injuries on inflatable play structures (known as bounce houses or bounce castles) have skyrocketed over the past twenty years. These bounce castles, which have become more and more popular at children’s birthday parties and other celebrations, can be fun but dangerous. 

How can you keep your children safe and prevent injury on these play structures? Here are our top tips: 

  • Read manufacturer warnings and instructions carefully before using the bounce house. 
  • Do not allow children under the age of six to play in bounce houses. 
  • When allowing more than one child to use the bounce house at once, make sure that all participants are around the same age, weight, and size. 
  • The fewer children in the bounce castle, the safer the environment. Almost no injuries occur when only one child is in a bounce castle. 
  • Children should remove all jewelry and empty their pockets before getting into the bounce castle. Eyewear and shoes should also be removed. 
  • Always have the bounce house supervised by at least one adult. 
  • Never allow children to roughhouse in the bounce castle. 
  • Do not allow flips, tumbling, or other dangerous maneuvers in the bounce castle. 
  • A large number of bounce castle injuries take place when children bounce out of the structure. Close the exit or make sure the children stay away from the opening when bouncing. 
  • Remove hazards (such as rocks or sticks) from near the bounce castle exit and if possible put a soft surface outside of the exit in case of falls. 
  • Always set up the bouncer on a flat surface and away from possible hazards, such as trees, power lines, and low ceilings. 
  • Make certain that the bounce castle is properly inflated. Stop bouncing immediately if the castle begins to lose air. 
  • Make certain that the bounce castle is tied down properly before use and do not use the inflatable structure in high wind or poor weather conditions. 

An accident and injury involving an inflatable play structure could be the result of a number of issues – and the responsibility could lie with the child, the adult supervisor, the person who rented the castle, the bounce castle rental company, or the bounce castle maker. To better understand your potential child injury case and your legal rights, talk to a Seattle personal injury attorney today: 800.636.3676.