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Having A Bouncing Good Time

July 25, 2014, 6:03 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Having A Bouncing Good Time
HARRISBURG, SD -

With lots of festivals and family celebrations during the summer, a lot of people like to rent bounce houses for their kids. But if they're not set-up correctly, they can be dangerous.

We talked with some inflatable professionals, about how to have a bouncing good time and stay safe.

With the nice weather, a lot of people are looking for fun things to do outside. That keeps Dakota Entertainment pretty busy, renting out bounce houses.

"Very busy in the summer, with all the festivals and town celebrations and stuff like that. Back yard birthday parties and block parties. They're really getting to be a big thing, in August especially," Dakota Entertainment owner, Garner Hansen said. 

And they're a big hit with kids. Liam is celebrating his fourth birthday today, bouncing around with his sister Shylah.

Sammi: Why do you like the Bouncy Houses?
Liam: Because it's so much fun. 

But they can come with some hazards. One in New York was lifted by strong winds 20 feet in the air, with kids inside.

Garner Hansen says that shouldn't happen if it's set up properly.

"Some companies like to use smaller stakes, because they're easier to drive in. We like to use the bigger stakes, thicker stakes. 20 inches at least," Garner said.

Not only do you have to use safety precautions when setting up the inflatables, but you also have to be careful about what ages and sizes of the kids are bouncing together. 

"No flipping or tumbling, no all-star wrestling. A lot of the fun stuff that the kids want to do, you have to be the adult and the responsible person and tell them hey, you gotta calm down a little bit," Hansen said.

Instructions are printed on the side, and state the maximum wind gusts they can handle. Which is usually around 20 miles per hour.

Hansen says you can still be a great time with the inflatables, as long as you play it safe.

"If you do it right, they're great. They're a lot of fun. Kids love them, families love them. Parents get in there with them too. They're a good option for entertainment for any kind of party," Hansen said.

"Yay bouncy house!" Liam said.

With wind gusts predicted at 15 to 30 miles per hour this weekend, and maybe higher with storms, Hansen says it's a good idea to keep an eye on the forecast and keep the kids out of the bounce houses if winds get too strong.

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