Bounce House Safety - Childrens Advocacy Center Insurance Program

Inflatable-Bouncers-Infographic 3Between 1995 and 2010 the number of inflatable bouncer-related injuries rose rose 1,500%

Journal of Pediatrics

As the popularity of bounce houses climbs so does the chance of injuries and the need for your business or family to stay protected against claims. Below is a series of tips and videos to help familiarize yourself and your organization about risks associated with bounce houses.

Types of Injuries

  • Arm and leg injuries were the most common injuries
  • Children under 5 are more likely to have fractures
  • Teenagers were more likely to sustain sprains and strains
  • 18.5% of children had head and neck injuries
  • 3% of children required hospitalization
Of the nearly 65,000 children treated in U.S. emergency departments over a 20-year period, 55% of these injuries occurred between 2005 and 2010, according to the study. More than half of the injured children were in the 6- to 12-year-old age group; more than a third were under the age of 5.

Advice for Parents

ASTM International, which develops international voluntary standards offer the following advice for parents.

  • Limit bouncer use to children 6 years of age and older.
  • Only allow a bouncer to be used when an adult trained on safe bouncer use is present.
  • The safest way to use a bouncer is to have only one child on it at a time.
  • If more than one child will be on the bouncer at the same time, make sure that the children are about the same age and size (weight).

Outside set up:

  • Place the bouncer on a flat surface.
  • Remove all rocks, sticks or objects such as sprinkler systems sticking up from the ground before setting up the bouncer.
  • Make sure there is open space around all sides of the bouncer.
  • Place the bouncer away from tree branches or power lines.
  • If the bouncer will be set up on a hard surface, place a soft surface around the entrance/exit to the bouncer.

Inside set up:

  • Only set up bouncers in rooms where the ceiling is several feet above the top of the bouncer.
  • Place the bouncer away from walls.
  • If the bouncer will be set up in a room with hard floors, place a soft surface around the entrance/exit to the bouncer.