Jumping castle horror after 8 kids die: how to use the inflatables safely

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The safety of jumping castles has come into question following the tragic death of eight children. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
The safety of jumping castles has come into question following the tragic death of eight children. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

It’s a favourite attraction at many children’s parties and with good reason. It’s fun, colourful and bright and it can keep little kids occupied for hours in one space.

But two recent devastating incidents, in which eight children lost their lives and several were injured have made parents around the world think twice about getting a bouncy jumping castle for their next event.

Two children died in Mislata in Spain after strong winds lifted the bouncy castle they were on while at a festive season fair. An eight-year-old girl, identified only as Cayetana, and a four-year-old named Vera died after plummeting off the airborne inflatable, which had blown several metres into the air.

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