Every few months we hear how 'dangerous' a popular kids activity is.

A few months ago it was trampolines.  Now we're hearing about bounce houses.  There are many more.

Which, if any, 'dangerous' activities are off-limits for your kids?

A new report says bounce house related injuries are up.  The report also suggests that bounce house usage is up.  Seems logical.



Foxnews.com has details:

For their new study, the researchers used information from a database of injuries related to consumer products that were treated at about 100 U.S. ERs between 1990 and 2010.

From that database, Smith and his colleagues were able to estimate that about 65,000 children and teens were treated for bouncer-related injuries during that time.

About a third were under five years old, half were between six and 12 years old, and the rest were between 13 and 17 years old.

They found that the rate grew toward the end of the study with the annual number of injured children more than doubling from 2008 to 2010.

The most likely explanation for the increase is more children using inflatable bouncers.


No doubt that bounce houses can be dangerous, but it all depends on how you use them.

Put one small child on a large bounce house by themselves and they are going to have a hard time hurting themselves.  Put that same small child on the same bounce house with a few kids more than twice their size and they'd be lucky to avoid getting a few bumps or bruises.

EVERYTHING has the potential to be dangerous...even walking.  It's how you use bounce houses, trampolines, etc. that matters.

Is the fun worth the risk?  That's for parents to decide.