Parents often hear a couple of warnings about bounce house parties: limit the number of kids inside and don’t allow flips. But there are questions that need to be asked.
Bounce houses are staples of summer backyard parties and they come in all forms.
If you want to rent one or your children are invited to a bounce house party at someone's home, Matt Christiansen poses a critical issue: “The main thing is, as with anything, adult supervision."
Kelli and Matt Christiansen have been operating Bobo's Bouncy Town out of their West Omaha home for eight-years.
Kelli said, "Anyone can buy an inflatable and rent them out."
WOWT Six News talked with a number of experts who said you should always ask about insurance. If something goes wrong with the bounce house it's good to know the rental company has insurance and would cover it.
If someone gets hurts and it’s not from a faulty bounce house, the homeowner and their insurance would be on the hook.
Matt said, "If you get with someone who is not insured, ask them why are they not insured."
Also ask how often the bounce houses are cleaned. Experts say reputable companies will clean them after every use. You can often tell if they've been vacuumed and sterilized by looking in the cracks.
Matt said the key is, "asking good, honest questions. If you're asking those questions and they're not comfortable with that there's probably a reason."
And make sure the bounce houses are properly secured. Longer stakes go in at angles to lessen the chance of bad weather turning them into kites.
Kelli said, "You want them to have as much fun as they can without injuries.”
But even if all of this is followed properly, from insurance to cleanliness, there's no substitute for adult supervision.
You should also ask if the company allows bounce houses to stay up in the yard overnight. The answer you want is no. Moisture from the ground can build up inside the air ducts allowing mold to grow.