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Joy Purdy of WJXT inves­ti­gated bounce house safety and how wind gusts from Florida’s storms can be dangerous. She inter­viewed attorney Chris Shakib for the story. He has repre­sented consumers who were injured by inflat­ables.

Wind Gust Danger

To test bounce house safety when encoun­tering wind gusts, the reporter conducted an exper­iment. She used airboats to simulate wind gusts to see how two properly secured bounce houses would hold up. The first bounce house, a small one available for purchase at retail stores, became airborne at 23 m.p.h. The second one, which was larger and available for rent, began lifting off the ground at 27 m.p.h.  The test was stopped to avoid damaging it.

Bounce House Safety

Having an adult monitor to watch the bounce house, not over populating it, properly securing stakes and carefully reading direc­tions for proper set up are a few tips to ensure safety. Shutting down the bounce house and deflating it when wind gusts begin is also important.

If There Is an Accident

There is little oversight of operators of inflat­ables, especially in Florida so the respon­si­bility is on consumers to research the rental company online and thoroughly read the operator’s manual if buying one. If renting, Shakib recom­mends inquiring about how employees are trained and for proof of liability insurance. Call the insurance carrier to confirm insurance is active. He also discussed personal liability if there is an accident at your home. Click here to watch the uncut interview with Chris Shakib.

At Terrell Hogan, protecting families from unforeseen accidents and personal injury is what we do every day. We know that it’s best to try to find ways to prevent injury and loss before they happen. So, until there’s a solution to this worrisome problem, Terrell Hogan will continue to help keep you informed and safe.