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You read our Rockford Parent’s Guide to Bounce House Injuries; now you are worried. Should you stop letting your child play on bounce houses?

Not at all. Bouncing is a good way for children to get exercise, but you must use common sense and take a few precautions. These tips will help you determine if a bounce house is safe, so your child can bounce to his heart’s delight.

  • Observe the bounce house operator before allowing your child to play. Look for dangerous conditions.
  • Bounce houses in public areas should be inspected by the Illinois Department of Labor once a year. Ask for the date of the last inspection.
  • Illinois law requires operators be trained according to ASTM International's guidelines. The bounce house operator should be familiar with the manufacturer’s directions and safety guidelines.
  • Do not use the bounce house as a babysitter. Children should be supervised by at least one adult at all times.
  • One-third of children who are injured in bounce houses are under the age of five. Parents of young children may prefer to avoid bounce houses. If this isn’t possible, make sure that young children bounce with children of similar size.
  • Avoid overcrowding. It is safest for a child to bounce alone, but this isn’t always possible or fun. Each child should have plenty of space to move without running into other children.
  • Children should keep their body parts to themselves.
  • There should be zero tolerance for roughhousing.
  • Children should not perform flips, somersaults, cartwheels, or other stunts.
  • Many bounce houses are made of vinyl containing high levels of lead. Wash your child’s hands and face after he plays in a bounce house.
  • If your child is injured because of roughhousing or unsafe conditions, the operator of the bounce house can be held liable. Contact Hupy and Abraham to learn more.

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Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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