Nov 27, 2012 7:53 PM by Kristen Holloway
A new study is out about the dangers of fun jumps, that backyard birthday party favorite is also connected to more than 200 children being injured each week. The owner of a Lafayette business says accidents are avoidable. Fun Jumps owner Jacob Williamson reacts to inflatable jumps spinning out of control because they weren't tied down. This is what can happen if not secured correctly. They're safe, if operated properly.
"The company setting the jump up should give you proper instructions. You want to see that they are staking the jump down properly, you want to make sure they have anchor points on at least four corners of the jump and tether points," said Williamson.
Williamson says families should take note of the weather, supervise children closely, limit the number of children allowed and never allow older children to jump with younger ones.
Fun Jump owners say if you're renting a fun jump make sure its set up by trained professionals who are familiar with the equipment.
"We train them how to set up the jumps how to anchor it down properly, that way if the wind does pick up during the party, the jump is safe and secure and you don't have to worry about it being picked up by the wind," said Williamson.
On any given Saturday Williamson rents more than 100 jumps and in 28 years in business, there's never been an accident like this.
"I've been in the business for a long time and I've yet to see that happen with one of our jumps we made sure that every jump we set up is properly installed," said Williamson.