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Another Bounce House Incident Has Safety Under The Microscope

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Bounce houses are becoming more and more popular for parties and events. But there's been another incident where an inflatable went airborne and it's putting safety under the microscope.

A bounce house in Colorado recently

 went tumbling end over end with two children inside. Both are recovering from minor injuries. There was a 15-fold increase in such injuries from 1995 to 2010 according to researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy in 2012.

Whether you rent or buy one experts say there are a lot of safety precautions that are a must. For his 8-year old son's birthday party Antwon Crawford of Rock Island is looking to rent a bounce house. Monday his family was putting a couple of inflatable rides to the test at "All in1 Fun" in Davenport.

"I know my kids have been inside them before but me renting one I want to be up close and personal and know how safe it really is" said Crawford.

Eric Hayes, owner of the company, says when someone rents a bounce house his company delivers it, sets it up, and goes over safety procedures with the customer. "We don't want our stuff to get damaged and we don't want anyone to get hurt. We go through a run through of supervision," said Hayes.

Typically, a bounce house is anchored from multiple points with stakes at least 18 inches long. Sand bags may also be used. Knowing the forecast is extremely important.

The industry standard: if the wind gusts more than 20 to 25 miles an hour, don't use them. Hayes says he'll either reschedule or refund if he knows that's the case, but it can't always be predicted.

"If you're not sure if it's yours take it down, it's the operator and the installer's responsibility to make sure things are safe."

Hayes thinks actual safety regulations are pretty stringent in Iowa and Illinois but it is a growing industry and you can even buy your own at a store. Licensed companies are inspected every year and you should ask about that and how long a company has been in the business. Hayes says bottom line, do your homework and keep a constant eye to help ensure the fun can continue.

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