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Bouncy Houses: Kids Love Em, But Are They Safe?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary:Does your child love those bounce houses often seen at parties and fairs? Unfortunately, they are more dangerous than you might think.
Air Date: January 30, 2013
Duration: 10 Minutes
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Gary Smith, MD
Dr. Gary Smith resizedDr. Gary Smith is Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Ohio State University, holds the Dimon R. McFerson Endowed Chair in Injury Research, and is board certified in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine, and general preventive medicine and public health. He is founder and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and is president of the Child Injury Prevention Alliance. Dr. Smith has been an active researcher and advocate in the field of injury prevention for more than 30 years, and has more than 130 injury-related peer-reviewed publications focusing on prevention of injuries to children and adolescents.


Bouncy Houses: Kids Love Em, But Are They Safe?
Use of inflatable bouncers, such as bounce houses and moonwalks, has increased in recent years, and so have injury rates. 

Studies show that from 1990 to 2010, more than 64,000 children were treated in U.S. emergency departments for inflatable bouncer-related injuries.

Don't let your child be one of those statistics.


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