“I think it’s more likely for your child to get hurt riding their bicycle or playing sports than they would on an interactive inflatable game,” said Dale Morris, President of Morris and Company Inc.
After a terrifying incident in New York on Tuesday with a Tiny Tots bounce house that sent two young boys to the hospital with serious injuries, Morris wants to make sure people know that these inflatable houses can be safe, with the right equipment and supervision.
“We make sure the games are properly installed, meaning they are staked down because that’s very important,” said Morris. “I don’t care if the winds not blowing, it’s a nice sunny day, you always have to stake them down.”
Eighteen-inch metal, to three-foot long wooden stakes, to be exact, that are hammered or even “screwed” into the ground.
Morris said that while the bounce house in New York was store-bought and only 10 x 10 feet, most professional companies don’t rent anything under 15 x 15 feet. His company sends a team of trained professionals to the location to safely set up the bounce houses that are specially designed to withstand heavy winds.
“When [people] buy an inflatable [bounce house], they really don’t know what they’re doing. They should leave that up to the professionals,” said Morris. “If you’re going to buy something for $50 or $80, you know, you get what you get. With us, you are going to pay more but we are going to make sure your kids are safe.”
Peace of mind that is well worth the extra cost.