Power outages happen for numerous reasons. Are you & your inflatables prepared for the next power outage? Just this week in Pennsylvania an indoor bounce house collapsed on a 4 year old when the indoor center’s power was knocked out by a storm. The 4 year old was jumping in a large Batman inflatable when the power outage caused the bouncer to deflate with the little girl inside. The father had to pull the little girl up to the netting so that she wouldn’t suffocate as the inflatable came down on top of her. The little girl was not injured, just scared…but this incident could have turned out much worse. Deflation of inflatables has caused countless numbers of injuries. These injuries include falling out of the device from various heights and becoming suffocated when trapped underneath the deflated inflatable.
The first step to take is to make sure your power source is connected to a generator. This generator needs to be inspected regularly to make sure that it is functioning properly. However, generators themselves are not a fail safe way to make sure inflatables do not deflate unexpectedly. Generators can run out of gas, have mechanical failure or can get accidently unplugged. In 2010, a toddler suffocated in a bounce house after another little girl unplugged the motor.
What can be done if the generator fails then? A fews years ago NFlatables developed an alarm that will warn the operators & participants of a power outage to the inflatable. It is called the WATCHDOG™ Blower-Siren & it lets off a loud siren & flashes lights if the inflatable loses power for any reason. Consumer Affairs reported that the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commision) and the ASTM are discussing standards that would require the use of a device that warns of a power outage or loss of deflations. Nothing has been officially released by the CPSC or ASTM on this issue however.
Cossio Insurance Agency offers a 10% discount to customers that use Watchdog sirens with their inflatables.*
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Safety Air Systems. The WATCHDOG Siren. https://www.watchdogsiren.com/. 2016.
The Home Economist. “The Bad News About Bounce Houses”. http://thehomeeconomist.com/2016/01/19/bounce-house-and-safety-risks/. January 19, 2016.
Consumer Affairs. “New regulations could make inflatable bounce castles safer”. https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/new-regulations-could-make-inflatable-bounce-castles-safer-050416.html. May 04, 2016.
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