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What you need to know about bounce house safety

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Beach goers in Florida were not prepared when a waterspout hit the beach. The wind gust sent a bounce house flying into the air. Four children were hurt when they tumbled out.

Eric Staley, with Greensboro-based Kicks and Giggles Rentals, says this example shows why it is important to watch out for changing weather conditions.

"Here in North Carolina we live in a place where we have weather conditions arise. But most of our weather, we have some warning where we can deflate and evacuate a unit before we have a weather situation," he said.

Staley says a good rule of thumb is to watch the trees. When they begin to sway and bend in the breeze, it's time for the bounce house to come down. In order to provide added safety, Kicks and Giggles workers set up and take down the large inflatables.

"Most inflatables weigh 275 pounds to 500 pounds. It's best to leave it to the pros when you are getting a big unit," he said.

Inflatables are anchored to the ground with 18 inch stakes that are on a 45 degree angle. Bounce houses and slides on pavement are held in place with 65 to 75 pound sandbags. By keeping an eye on the weather, proper anchoring and adult supervision, children will be able to have a fun and safe bounce house experience.