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Moon Bounce Safety
(From KEYE) - it's busy season for bounce houses in Kansas. From backyard events to birthday parties, they are a big hit with kids and families. But one father says you could be bouncing into trouble. "It was just a big panic," he said. He doesn't want to be identified because he's still in a legal case with a bounce house operator. But, he says his son's story needs to be shared. "He was coming down a slide and there was a dilapidated canopy on the top of it which he got his face hung up in," the father said. The string flipped his son around, pulled out his front teeth and slammed him back on the slide. "What are son just kept telling us was there was a string in my mouth," the father said. "I got a string in my mouth." He says a string from a damaged bounce house cover got lodged between two teeth like floss and cut through the roof of his son's mouth. The family rushed the 4 year old to the emergency room. When the chaos was over the father went back to the Austin, Texas area bounce house to take pictures of the damaged slide. "It was appalling," he said. "You look back in hind sight and you wonder how this place even stays open."
In Wichita, bounce houses pay a fee and carry required insurance. Inspections are of the inflatables themselves, however, and don't take into account how they are set up in bounce complexes or outside. Finally, everyone says parental supervision is the most important thing. Then look for rips or tears in the bounce houses and make sure they are clean. They should be secured to the ground and have padding all the way around. Outdoor bounces should not be used on windy days.