You’ve seen the bounce houses at birthday parties and amusement parks. While many see these as fun for the kids, some states view bounce houses as a safety hazard that should be regulated by the government. From Stateline:

The estimated number of injuries on the attractions soared from 5,311 in 2003 to 17,377 in 2013, according to a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report analyzing U.S. hospital records. A Stateline analysis found that the trend continues, with an estimated 20,700 injuries last year.

Only half of states — including New Hampshire — have regulations governing permits, inspections and insurance. But even where rules are in place, a Statelineinvestigation found major shortcomings.

What about North Carolina? The Stateline map notes North Carolina as regulating “only for inflatables set up at amusement parks or carnivals.”

What do you think?