Experts give safety tips for children using inflatable bounce houses

A strong gust of wind picked up the house and threw the kids nearly 20 feet. (5/14/14)

EASTON - Experts are stressing the importance of safety after two children were hurt while using a bounce house in upstate New York.

A strong gust of wind picked up the house and threw the kids nearly 20 feet Monday. Those children are being treated at the hospital.

Experts recommend using metal stakes that measure 18 inches to anchor inflatable bounce houses to the ground. They say if you are going to purchase a bounce house at a toy store, the best thing to do is to carefully follow the assembly instructions that come with it.

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When renting a bounce house from a company, Let's Bounce owner Eric Ouellette says, "Make sure that they're licensed. Make sure that they're insured. Make sure that their paperwork is in order, that they have liability paperwork as well as safety checklists, and that they abide by those things to make sure children aren't getting hurt."

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