Bounce houses and bounce castles have become an almost integral part of many a birthday party for young children. There are even places that rent out adult-sized bounce houses for we older folk, including a wedding castle. However, while bounce houses and platforms are a fun part of childhood and mainstays of local fairs and school festivals, they can pose a danger.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2008 and 2013, more than 82,203 people were injured on inflatables, with more than 90% of the injuries taking place in bounce houses. For one family, a visit to a pumpkin patch turned tragic when winds blew a bounce platform upwards, killing a toddler, as Time reports.
The incident occurred last Wednesday at JK’s Pumpkin Patch just north of Lincoln, Nebraska.
That day, the National Weather Service had issued a wind advisory for the area, warning of gusts of up to 60 m.p.h. Winds were steady all day at about 20 m.p.h., which is the recommended limit for bounce houses.
The bounce platform was still in operation that evening when 2-year-old Caleb Acuna and his 5-year-old sister Arra began playing on the inflatable.
They were still on the inflated platform when a gust of an estimated 59 m.p.h. tore the platform as well as a nearby bounce house off of its moorings. The platform was tossed 100 feet away with Caleb wrapped up inside.
His parents had just climbed down from the platform when the gust blew the bounce platform away.
Caleb suffered from severe head trauma and was taken off of life support Thursday afternoon. His sister, Arra, suffered from a broken arm.
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