Inflatable dangers

Published 06/03 2014 10:15PM

Updated 06/03 2014 10:20PM

Inflatable bounce house
Inflatable bounce house
Many have heard of the recent inflatable bounce house flying in the sky while two children were inside.

This past weekend another similar incident happened in Colorado and experts say it’s due to wind speed.

This terrifying event has people questions could it happen to them and more specifically could it happen in the wiregrass?

The owner of jump and splash inflatable says this is highly unlikely if the customers follow all the precautions.

"Usually we have an attendant we train on site, an adult that is 18 years or older,” said Gloria Myles. “We go over all the safety rules with them and they become the attendant. It's their responsibility to follow the rules that we go over with them and they also sign a renter agreement stating that they understand."

Depending on the size of the inflatable, typically six stakes help anchor the bouncy house. If the inflatable is on cement 80 pound water bags are used. If wind speeds get over 20 mph Jump and Splash Inflatables ask their customers to stop using the product and deflate it. These are just a few of the safety measures to help hold the inflatable to the ground.

Though they say the possibility is small they still prepare for the worst.

"We make sure that we have the proper amount of insurance we do the liability. Usually we have two million in liability coverage to cover any incident that may happen to cover negligence on our part," said Myles.

If the inflatable is being used at a city park even more precautions are required.

"They have insurance of at least a million dollars and that that policy that we are listed also as insurance and not only do they insure themselves but the city of Dothan, so we have some liability protection should someone get injured on the inflatable," said City Manager Mike West.

So yes, something like this could happen here in the circle city but it’s very doubtful if people follow the inflatable rules.

West said if situations like this continue, new regulations would be considered.

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