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Author Topic: Another Bounce House Takes Flight With Kids Inside  (Read 55196 times)
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« on: May 14, 2014, 10:48:08 pm »

Another bounce house takes flight with three kids inside injuring all, two severely...

  http://www.local12.com/news/features/around-the-web/stories/bounce-house-blowns-away-with-children-inside-2-seriously-injured-wkrc.shtml

Supposedly it was staked down... probably not well enough though, if at all.

Be sure to stake down and secure those screens folks!

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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2014, 11:06:58 pm »

It doesn't look like a commercial unit and the description here shows plastic stakes not more than 6 or 8 inches long:
http://www.toysrus.com/buy/inflatable-bouncers/little-tikes-jump-n-slide-inflatable-bouncer-616860-3987665

I'm sure it was staked down "correctly" but those stakes simply wouldn't provide enough support in any kind of wind situation and would likely break under stress. My 16' screen is anchored with 18" steel stakes and my 24' screen uses 30" steel stakes. I haven't had to worry about it too much even in somewhat windy situations.

Of course, never setup your screen when there is a chance of high winds...
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Now I own eight commercial rental screens ranging from 9x5 to 30x17!
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2014, 11:21:59 pm »

My 20-ft EMT screen has three rear supports that stake into the ground.  I also have two of these claw anchors (good for 1200 lbs of force each) with ratchet straps securing the front of my screen.

  https://creativeshelters.com/category/claw-anchor

I use another two of those claws to keep our trampoline secure even under the windiest conditions.

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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2014, 11:24:15 pm »

A couple more examples...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/mKrkBZKfbl4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/mKrkBZKfbl4</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/F5Iux7e-8No" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/F5Iux7e-8No</a>

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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2014, 10:03:38 am »

Poor kids!! That had to be SCARY up in the air like that!!
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