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Bounce house business owner reiterates need for safety

J.R. Oppenheim
May 15, 2018 05:17 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Bounce houses taking off have become a common scene. It happened over the weekend in Southern California. Strong winds are being blamed for an accident that flung a gigantic inflatable into the air causing it to land in traffic.

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There have been others. An inflatable slide flew into the air in Greenville, South Carolina last year, causing it to become entangled in power lines. Five children were inside another bounce house at that same church celebration. Those kids suffered minor injuries.

Bobby Aragon, who owns and operates Amazing Jumps in Albuquerque, sets bounce houses up every day. He said they're safe when used correctly, but they can easily catch air if not properly anchored to the ground.

"We go above and beyond any time. We'll put stakes down, then sandbags over it," he said. "That way in case we get a big gust of wind and the stakes come out, the sandbags will keep the jumper in the ground also."

If the wind turns, Aragon said bring your celebrations inside, to avoid terrifying accidents like this.

"If you look and it's windy and it's a little uncomfortable, that's when it’s time to turn it off," he said. "I know everyone wants to get their money worth, but better to err on the side of caution, maybe lose an hour of your party than spend the evening in the emergency room."

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