Bounce houses and trampolines, staples at summer birthday parties and backyard barbecues, are almost unavoidable in the summer time. They can also cause some serious injuries with warnings about usage coming from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and more.
Below are some guidelines for safer bouncing and jumping.
Kids should always be supervised when on a trampoline or in a bounce house. Ideally, bouncing or jumping individually can prevent kids from landing on each other and causing serious injury.
If allowing one kid to jump at a time may is not practical, consider setting up separate times for kids of similar ages and sizes to jump.
Shoes, jewelry and glasses should always be removed before bouncing.
Flips, horse play and pushing should not be allowed.