ENGLEWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Three children are recovering tonight after a bouncy house flies away with them inside.
A gust of wind sent the inflatable 15 to 20 feet in the air Tuesday in upstate New York. One child hurt her shoulder when she fell out. Another suffered a serious head injury, and a third broke several bones.
So, we wanted to know how local companies keep kids safe on inflatable toys.
Safety is a top priority for Perry Love. He’s the manager of Busy Bouncing in Englewood. The business has about 60 inflatables up for rent.
“Whether it’s outside or inside, we set up the bouncer, unroll it, blow it up, steak it down. If we’re inside, we put 50 pound sandbag on every corner and go to the event organizer or a parent. We go over all the safety rules,” says Love.
Children aren’t the only ones who have to follow the rules, the company does too.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Division of Amusement Ride Safety oversees commercially-used inflatables.
The one involved in the New York incident was reportedly for personal use.
State officials tell me companies are inspected and licensed by the state. They also show proof of insurance.
One of state rules is that kids can’t jump around if wind gusts are greater then 15 miles per hour.
“It’s mandatory that they have itineraries sent into this office, regarding where they’re going to be, at every location. It’s mandatory that they have operator training, documented and it’s mandatory that they have maintenance logs documented,” explains Michael Vartorella with the Division of Amusement Ride Safety.
If the proper regulations aren’t followed, the owner could face hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines.
“We’ve been doing this 8 years and never had a problem,” comments Love.
State law also requires an adult to supervise the kids at all times.