Airborne jumping castle injures three kids

By admin
14 May 2014

Jumping castles that take off into the sky might sound like a dream come true for many kids, but for safety-conscious parents they’re a nightmare. And it actually happened recently. Here are some tips for jumping castle safety.

Jumping castles that take off into the sky might sound like a dream come true for many kids, but for safety-conscious parents they’re a nightmare.

This scenario became a reality in New York, America, earlier this week when a gust of wind propelled a jumping castle 15 m into the air, injuring three children. Apparently the wind caused the pegs that anchor the castle to the ground to come unstuck.

Two boys, aged five and six, and a 10-year-old girl were on the jumping castle when the freak accident occurred.

According to onlookers, the girl was playing near the entrance and fell out as the castle started to take off. She sustained slight injuries.

The two boys were seriously injured and taken to hospital. One landed on a car while the other fell onto tarmac. Among their injuries are serious head and facial wounds, and broken arms.

A bystander described the accident as “something out of a horror movie”.

Follow these safety tips when using a jumping castle:

  1. Always secure the castle on a level, firm surface.
  2. Make sure all the anchoring pegs are in working order and firmly hammered into the ground.
  3. A trained person or the supplier should assemble the castle and secure it in the ground.
  4. Frequently check the pegs and hammer them deeper into the ground should they come loose during the course of the day. Discontinue use if the wind blows stronger than 25 km/h.
  5. Adults should keep an eye on the castle’s electric air pump and keep kids away from it.

- Mieke Vlok

Sources: MSN News, creativeinflatables.co.za

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