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Bounce house owner warns of dangers in residential units

QUEENSBURY -- An inflatable bounce house professional recommended parents use a longer, metal stake to secure residential units. Two South Glens Falls children were injured Monday afternoon when a gust of wind sent the bounce house they were in airborne, dropping them 10 to 15 feet to the ground.

Tom Barber started Bounce Around 15 years ago to provide commercial-grade bounce houses to clients throughout the region. His staff is trained on safety and works to make sure every unit is properly secured to the ground. Barber believes the plastic stakes that came with the bounce house used by the children was inadequate.

I could install with my bare hands. That's not going to hold the inflatable. That's terrible, said Barber. You can tell it's very light quality. I can lift it up with one hand. Its about 20 pounds, It's an air mattress. Literally you can sneeze and this thing will fly away.

Instead, Barber recommends parents use an 18-inch, metal stake to secure inflatable bounce houses.

A spokesperson for Little Tikes, which makes the bounce house the children used, told the Troy Record safety is of utmost importance and that it is investigating the incident. 

This inflatable would be absolutely fine if this was tethered properly with a sledge hammer in all the way down, right down to the ground, said Barber. I won't sell these inflatables to the public because I don't believe they're safe.
 
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