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      Preventing injuries while bouncing into fun

      Bounce houses can be a fun, but dangerous addition to a party for children. / Rheya Spigner


      Bounce houses can be a fun, but dangerous addition to a party for children.

      The Nationwide Children's Hospital reports an increase in injuries equaling more than 30 children a day or about one child every 45 minutes in the U.S.

      The NCH provides some safety tips to prevent injuries from happening. For injury prevention limit the use to children six and older, make sure to have an adult present, only have child in at a time and if you do let other children in, make sure they are about the same size and weight.

      NCH adds to take off shoes, eyeglasses, jewelry and all sharp objects from your pockets before entering the bouncer. Don't let the children engage in rough play, stay away from the sides, entrance and exit. If the bouncer begins to lose air, exit carefully.

      When setting up outside, be sure to place the bouncer on a flat surface. Keep it away from rocks or sprinkler systems. Make sure to set up the bouncer away from tree branches and power lines. If the bouncher is place on a hard surface, put something soft by the entrance/exit and make sure there is space around it.

      If you're setting up inside, only set up in rooms where the ceiling is several feet from the bouncer.

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