Inflatable bouncers such as bounce houses, slides or obstacle courses are the new craze for kids’ birthday parties and/or celebrations. While they appear to be a fun activity for a child, a new study shows that there has been an alarming increase in injuries from inflatable bouncers. In 2010 alone, more than 30 children per day were treated in hospital emergency departments for injuries associated with these bouncers. Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy, explains why national safety guidelines should be developed to help prevent these injuries.
Credit: Nationwide Children’s Hospital