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Inflatable business owner says safety is priority

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Inflatable bounce houses are popular, but they can be dangerous.

According to the Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Injury Research and Policy, more than 30 children are rushed to an emergency room for an injury associated with an inflatable bouncer every day.

Two children were seriously hurt in upstate New York on Monday after a bounce house went airborne with three children inside; some of them dropped from as high as 20 feet in the air.

The Post-Star reports one of the boys landed on a parked car and the other landed on pavement after being tossed out of the bounce house.

Photos circling around the internet have some people concerned about the safety of bounce houses.

According to Katie Warren, owner of KT's Inflatables in Waterloo, the inflatables available to rent from her business are safe and secure.

Warren said employees set up the inflatables and take them down.

"Safety is our number one priority," she said.

"Our whole main purpose and goal here is play, laugh jump. And we want our kids to be safe," said Warren.

Warren said fun and safety go hand-in-hand.

"I've been doing this for over five years, and we've never had an inflatable blow away," she said.

Warren said she recommends taking inflatables down if wind gusts are stronger than 20-22 miles per hour.

She said everyone should make sure an inflatable has a state certificate from a yearly inspection, and that inflatables are staked and secured properly into the ground.

"The main thing is just to watch the weather and make sure that your inflatable is safe and staked down," said Warren.
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