JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Two families are considering legal action against a bounce house operator after an incident over the weekend.
Fire crews responded to a park in Jefferson County Saturday afternoon after receiving reports that a bounce castle had been carried hundreds of feet by a gust of wind with two children still inside.
The incident occurred at the Robert A. Easton Park on W. Coal Mine Avenue in Jefferson County during a lacrosse tournament, according to eyewitnesses. It was caught on video.
A fire official told FOX31 Denver the bounce castle had unattached from the fan that pumps it up. It started to deflate, when a strong gust of wind struck it and blew it 200 to 300 feet rolling along the ground.
Two juveniles were hurt, including an 11-year-old boy who was inside the structure at the time. Both children are now recovering with their families at home and are not expected to suffer long term injuries.
Child safety experts tell FOX31 Denver they’re seeing an increase in the number of injuries related to bounce type equipment.
“30 children are injured per day, one basically every 45 minutes,” said Louie Delaware, author of the bestselling book “How to Childproof Your Home.”
Delaware also recommends parents use simple steps to make sure their children are not put at undue risk.
- Ensure you rent from a reputable company that has liability insurance and will have a trained supervisor on-site at all times
- Ensure that it is staked to the ground with 18” long metal spikes driven in at an angle toward house
- Don’t buy your own bounce house
- Don’t allow dangerous tricks or maneuvers
This is not the first time a bounce castle has gotten overtaken by wind while children were still inside.
Earlier in May, a bouncy house in South Glenn Falls, New York was lifted 50 feet into the air with three children in the structure. Two young boys sustained serious injuries and the girl incurred minor cuts and bruises.