Long Island, NY, April 25, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- You many have heard about a recent incident where five children were injured after a gust of wind blew a bouncy house into the air at a church carnival in Greenville, S.C. Four of the wounded children were taken to the hospital and two suffered serious injuries. An unoccupied inflatable slide also flew into the air landing 25 feet away on a nearby road.
Parents on Long Island question what is the right thing to do in the summer months when children are drawn to bouncers at back yard parties, field events, and block party rentals?
When planning your child’s party (or any Long Island party rental) you don't have to rule out inflatable bounce houses. Safety is not an issue if you follow a few basic steps.
The first step is to make sure the unit is a commercial unit and set up by an experienced professional…..never attempt to save a few dollars by trying to do it yourself. Your child’s safety is not a “do it yourself” project. Do background checks on the rental company. Watch them set up the bouncy house and make sure it is properly staked with a minimum of one 18” or larger stake at each outside and inside corner. Usually when accidents happen it is because the bouncer is not properly anchored to the ground.
Be aware of how the weather conditions can affect the inflatable. Wind is the number one enemy and can cause it to collapse or lift from the ground. Remove children from moon walks or other inflatable rentals and deflate them when sustained winds are more than 20 miles per hour or gusts are greater than 30 miles per hour. Thunder, lightning, and rain are also important reasons to stop use of the inflatable.
Make sure you follow the safety rules provided by the inflatable rental company. If the company has not provided written safety rules then you have chosen the wrong company. Ask for a copy of the safety instructions and rules up front when booking your party equipment rental.
Make sure children are supervised while using any jumpy house. Inflatables aren't baby sitters. Only kids of the same size should be inside together at one time. And never exceed the recommended quantity of children allowed inside the bounce house. All Inflatables should have a safety instruction panel stitched to the outside that recommends the maximum occupancy. Look for the instruction panel and read it carefully.
Always rent from a reputable Long Island Party Rental company like Long Island Party Guys. They will have more experience with Long Island weather and geographical conditions that may require specific attention. A reputable company should have an emergency 24 hour number. If you are unsure of anything shut down the inflatable and call the company for advice. "It's lack of judgment and experience in setup or operation that almost always causes the problem" says owner of Long Island Party Guys, Randy Hyland who has operated his company and kept his customers safe for over 5 years.
“I recommend that parents ask for a copy of the Party Rental companies current insurance policy and also ask when the equipment has had its last inspection,” said Mr. Hyland. “This is one way a perspective renter can get a confidence level in how diligent the company is about safety.”
In addition, if you are looking for a Long Island tent rental company the same rules apply when setting up tents. Although you do not hear about it as often a collapsed tent can cause serious injury to party goers.
Finally use common sense when renting party equipment. It will go a long way toward helping make each event as fun and safe as it is intended to be. This summer on Long Island there is no need to avoid renting that bounce house that you child adores. You just need to keep safety in mind in order to prevent injury.