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Study: Bounce house injuries are on the rise

SAN DIEGO — It’s become a must have at kid birthday parties, but some say inflatable fun houses a cause for serious concern, study said.

“We send out a ton every weekend,” said Rachelle Friberg, co-owner of the bounce house rental company Triple J Jumps.

As the popularity of these inflatable jump houses continue to grow, more kids are getting hurt while using them, a study said.

A new study done by Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that since 1990 close to 65,000 kids were injured using inflatable fun houses.

The study also shows that between 2008 and 2010 the number of injuries doubled.

“A child is taken to the ER every 45 minutes for a bounce house injury,” said Dr. Gary Smith, who led the study. “It’s an epidemic.”

“No shoes, no climbing, no flipping,” Friberg went down the guideline list she makes her clients sign off on, before renting out her bounce houses. “At the end of the day, it takes parent supervision. You can’t just expect to just leave the kids at the bounce house and go in doors, it’s not a baby-sitter.”

No matter how careful parents may be, Dr. Smith and others in his field are recommending national guidelines be made for the use of these bounce houses.

“Because of the alarming and rapid rise in the number of injuries associated with inflatable bouncers, national safety guidelines must be developed. It’s time that we take action to help prevent these injuries,” said Dr. Smith.

“What are they going to do next? Have kids get a license to ride either bikes?” Friberg reacted to Dr. Smith’s call for guidelines.



13 Comments to “Study: Bounce house injuries are on the rise”

    Ksimp said:
    November 27, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    The reason why there is a rise in the number of reported injuries is a combination of a rise in the number of kids playing in them and parents not knowing of to provide simple first aid, freaking out, and taking their kids to urgent care. If you looked at it by percentages it would give you a better picture. Example, there has been a 15% rise in reported injuries and there has been a 12% rise in bouncy rentals. The article is referencing the rise of the number of injuries, what about the rise of the number of rentals?

    When these parents take them to urgent care what do they go with? Is it a cast or a wrap is an ace bandage?

    Greg Knight said:
    November 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    We have been in business for 7 years. Over the 7 years we have provided thousands of bounce house rentals both big and small. We have 2 injuries on record. Had there not been a bounce house and the kids were simply playing in the back yard, there would probably be just as many or more incidents. As much as you explain the rules and watch the kids, kids will still be kids and injuries will occur with or without a bounce house. We actually follow a very stringent line of rules for what kind of bounce houses are used, how they are maintained, what types of pads are used around the inflatable, where and who makes the inflatable (there are many cheap bounces that have many safety concerns). I would invite anyone who wants to go over these concerns (or reporters that may want to look at the other side of the story) to come in to our showroom. We would put up a bounce and can go over what items are used for safety. San Diego Kids Party Rentals (858) 272-2700

      Guest said:
      November 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      It sounds like you know what you are talking about. You should have done the report, not Triple T Jumps! They are very unprofessional

        Aaron said:
        November 28, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        I've used them for two years. They are very professional. They always provided us with clean inflatables.

    Aaron said:
    November 28, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Nice Video Fox. We'll pay more attention to the inflatable jumps at parties now. It's cool seeing Triple T Jumps around after just using them. They are great!

    Guest said:
    November 28, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    I was very impressed with Triple T Jumps professioncloth, the cleanliness of the jumps when we received it, and how nice the owners were! It is nice to see the entire family working the business and proving that your good family name follows you everywhere! When we had our grand daughter's 1st big birthday party, everything was well planned and beautifully set up for us by Triple T Jumps! I would highly recommend them for any of your special events, as they are people of great quality and super business ethics!

    Peggy said:
    November 28, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    I have 3 kids and over the years have had jumps several times, from several companies, however, 2 years ago I used TTT Jumps, and was amazed at the difference in the quality of the jumps and the dependability & customer service of the company as well as their good prices. I have used them 3 times and will never use anyone else! Thanks TTT Jumps, great job! I recommend them to all my friends and clients.

    Guest said:
    November 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    We used TTT Jump last summer for our daughters' Minnie party… It was a last minute choice on our part but TTT Jumps was there with exactly what we needed and set up just in time for the party to start. The owner was super nice and very professional. The bounce house was very clean and good quality and the price was amazing. We didn't have any injuries because eaveryone at the party did their jobs as parents and kept a close watch on their kids. I have made sure to request TTT Jumps to all my friends and family and cant wait to use them again! Thanks TTT JUMPS!!

    Guest said:
    November 29, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    It is clear in the story that Rachelle Friberg, the Co-Owner, of TTT Jumps is more concern about the money they make than their clients safety. Blaming the parents for injuries that may happen, shows a lack of concern of safety for the children using their jumps. Her comment at the end of the story about kids needing a license to ride a bike. Bicycles in most parts of the county need to be licensed and kids under 18 years old need to wear a helmet.

      Guest said:
      November 29, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      I felt the same way when I watched this segment

    Guest said:
    November 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    My experiemce with TTT jumps has been a very positive one. I found their operation to be very safe, reliable and courteous. I will be dealing with them again in the future. I recommend them to all my family and friends.

    Michael Puente said:
    December 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    We at Brian's Jumper Service have served hundreds of families in San Diego. We find most bounce house injuries occur when bigger kids are permitted to jump with little kids. Children also hurt themselves riding bikes, playing kickball and just plain falling down. Brian's Jumper Service

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