by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
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?