Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe in a Bounce House
-- Inflatable bounce houses may be a blast for kids, but they aren't without dangers. Most associated injuries are related to poor installation or falls.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests:
- Properly install the house according to the maker's instructions. Make sure it's set up away from branches, fences and other areas where a child could get hurt from a fall.
- Only allow children aged 6 and older to use the bounce house, and limit it to children who are about the same size. Make sure all users remove shoes, jewelry, eyeglasses and any sharp objects, such as keys.
- No one should use the bounce house if they exceed the manufacturer's recommended height and weight.
- Adults should always supervise children in the bounce house, and set rules that no child should push, shove or bounce into someone else. Also, no flipping, roughhousing or climbing the exterior walls should be allowed.
Posted: June 2016
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