This Bouncey House Disaster Is Every Paranoid Parent’s Worst Nightmare
Yesterday afternoon, two boys were seriously injured when the bounce house they were playing in blew off the ground. The bounce house BLEW OFF THE GROUND with three kids inside. Two were tossed to the asphalt from at least 15 feet in the air. This story is a paranoid parent’s nightmare fuel.
One of the boys landed on a parked car after he was tossed out of the toy, while the other landed on asphalt when the incident happened around 3:30 p.m. off Ferry Boulevard.
Taylor Seymour, a resident of the apartment building where the accident occurred, said the wind picked the structure up and spun it around as if it was in a small tornado. One boy was thrown 30 or 40 feet northwest onto Ferry Boulevard, the other about 20 feet southeast, landing on the back of Seymour’s car. The bounce house was at least 15 feet off the ground when the boys fell out.
I had a hard time wrapping my brain around this when I first read the story. Then I saw this picture:
Clearly the kids fell out when it was much closer to the ground, but it’s never even crossed my mind to worry about a bounce house being properly secured. My paranoia always leans more in the direction of worrying that a bigger kid will fall on my child or he will get a kick in the face. It’s never once occurred to me to check and see how one of these things is secured to the ground.
Of the two boys that were seriously hurt, the younger suffered two broken arms and facial injuries, while the older suffered a traumatic head injury. The mother of the girl that was tossed out said her daughter was close to the door so she fell out a lot quicker than the two boys, who were deeper inside the house.
I hope the children recover quickly and that the head injury isn’t as bad as it sounds. What a nightmare. I’m going to try to forget this story now – and never let my kid near a bounce house on a windy day.