A study compiled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission is revealing the dangers associated with inflatable amusements, like moon bounces, and the numbers are shocking the public. In 2013 alone, there were an estimated 17,377 injuries related to these attractions in the United States that caused those who were hurt to seek emergency medical treatment. It is likely that an even higher number of children were harmed on inflatables but suffered minor injuries that could wait some time before treatment. At a minimum, it appears than an average of 47 people were treated every day that year in hospitals or other critical care settings due to the harm that they suffered in an inflatable.
The 2013 year saw more than three times as many serious injuries from inflatables as 2003 and this significant increase is a trend that continues today. More and more children and adults are injured annually and yet inflatables and bounce houses continue to be popular toys, leading some to question why the injuries are happening and why the inflatables keep getting used.
There is some inherent risk associated with inflatable toys that may be difficult to avoid in their entirety. Often, children want to play on these inflatables together but the presence of more than one individual can mean that collisions among them will happen, potentially leading to harm. In other cases, though, an inflatable may be improperly used or designed and that may lead to harm. Failing to tie down an inflatable or otherwise secure it, failure to place the inflatable on level ground, placing an inflatable near a dangerous surface like concrete, using an inflatable that is in poor repair or condition, or failing to follow the safety precautions that come with the inflatable can all lead to injuries.