Flying bounce-houses and dangerous rides: Here's a safety checklist

Staff writerJune 12, 2014 


State offers tips for ensuring bounce houses and amusement park rides are safe.

TONY OVERMAN — The Olympian Buy Photo

You have perhaps seen one of the several the videos of kids’ bounce-houses flying into the air – sometimes with kids still inside -  all to the stunned horror of adults watching helplessly.

To avoid having your child be a victim of the flying bounce-house or the poorly attended amusement ride, the state Department of Labor & Industries offers a checklist of items a parent should note.

The agency notes, first of all, that “being inspected DOES NOT guarantee that the ride is being operated safely, or in the case of inflatable rides, that the ride has been installed correctly on the site.”

That said, the list says, for rides:

• Check for a current state decal on the ride, meaning it's been inspected 

and approved.

• Observe how the ride is operated.

• Is the operator taking care to ensure that passengers are appropriately protected?

• Is the operator paying close attention when the ride is in motion?

• Is the operator observing restrictions about rider size?

For inflatables:

• Is the operator strictly limiting the number of people on the ride at one time?

• Does the inflatable ride appear to be overloaded or unstable?

• Does the ride appear to be securely anchored?

• Could the blower inflating the ride accidentally be unplugged, collapsing and possibly injuring the riders?


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