They’re fun and they’re popular. Inflatable jumpers are the rage with kids and families, but parents may not know they can also be deadly.
On weekends, you can’t drive through most neighborhoods without seeing one in someone’s front yard or driveway. But as with any recreation, proper precautions need to be taken. That includes resisting the temptation to get into the jumper with your kids.
One incident of fun turned fatal at Hoppin Houses Indoor Playground in
Dr. Bernard Dannenberg is the director of pediatric emergency at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.
“An adult person that is running around in one of these houses will bounce all the lighter children around, and this is a component I would not add,” says Dr. Dannenberg.
Between 1997 and 2004, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates the number of accidents on bounce houses,inflatableslides, and climbing walls increased nearly four fold to 4,900. Between 2002 and 2005, 4 people died onbounce housesandinflatableslides. The victim’s ages were 15 to 24 years old.
“It is real important to have adult supervision, limited number of children, and I think most importantly, you need to match children with similar weight and athletic abilities,” says Dannenberg.
Even kids play can turn rough. Dr. Dannenberg says mixing kids revved up on birthday cake and sugar in a small space means collisions and possibly injuries.
“According to the insurance industry, we have the lowest insurance rates that you can have because our safety record is impeccable,” Gordon Keil, President & CEO, Pump It Up.
“Pump It Up” is a national indoor private party facility, headquartered in
“Every one of ourinflatablesis anchored to the concrete floor. The tall ones are tethered to the ceiling, to the wall, just to be sure that they’re safe,” says Keil
If you decide to rent your bounce house, keep these tips in mind:
-Make sure yourbounce houseis fastened securely or weighted down.
-Watch for any rips or holes and that the unit is not sagging anywhere.
-Stop the ride in high winds.
-Have adult supervision at all times–preferably someone who knows how to operate the unit.
The bottom line is to keep the fun safe. Dr. Dannenberg himself rented abounce housefor his daughter 4th birthday.
“I believe, for the most part, they are safe if you follow the basic rules and advisement of the companies that rent them,” says Dannenberg.
The sun shines brightly and light twinkles on the surface of the swimming pool. Everything looks peaceful and quite. Suddenly, the calm is broken by the sound of people flapping and splashing water. Despite the March cold, even the weather does not prevent people from swimming.
As there are so many people, the quality of the water has become a topic of public concern.“We adopt the cycle of water purification devices, which works about 15 hours every day in summer, and six hours every two days in winter,” said Zeng Yonghua, 35, the manager of the swimming pool in
There are 80 swimming pools in total in Shantou among the hotels, schools and residential areas, according to Zhang Biaoming, the Chief of Policies and Regulations of Sports Board.
The swimming pool in
There are two inlets and five outlets in the swimming pool in
Zeng emphasized that Sodium Hypochlorite should be liquid rather than powder, as liquid can more easily evaporate. Every time they have to get a certificate of quality from the Health Inspection and Supervision Centre, in order to buy the chemicals from the factory.
The swimming pool managers have an official record book from the quarantine station to keep track of the amounts of chemical agents poured into the pool.
“When the officials from the Health Inspection and Supervision Centre came, we showed the tally book to them,” Zeng said. “The inspectors often take a liter of water from the pool and add a special pill into it. And then the water becomes colored. They compare the color to the standard color on a kind of special test paper.”
“We only are in charge of public swimming pools and go there irregularly. But we haven’t found any that have problems with the water,” said Zhang, the person in charge of inspecting pools.
The cycle of water purification devices functions well, but is also expensive. “It will take about 600 RMB if it works for ten hours continuously, and each time it will lose 10% of water during the process of backwashing and sewage disposal,” Zeng added.
The most advanced sterilization technology, however, is the ozone-activated carbon sterilization technology which combines the adsorption of activated carbon with the oxidization of Ozone. It is considered the most environment-friendly because it produces no secondary pollutants. This is the technology that was used in the
However, because of its high equipment cost and large power consumption, it has only been used in the international competition swimming pool or a number of high-grade water parks. Even as the only national diving training base in Shantou, the swimming pool on the Haibin Road around the People’s Square still uses Sodium Hypochlorite for disinfection.
“But the water here is blue while it’s green in most of ordinary swimming pools, as we used Copper Sulfate to limit the growth of phytoplankton,” said Ma Liguang, the leader of Shantou Diving Team.
Apart from this, another kind of advanced equipment plays an important role in the water purification in the diving pool. It’s called preparatory pool which has a corresponding water level with the diving pool. When the latter doesn’t have enough water, the former will flow into it automatically. “In this way, we don’t have to empty the pool to infuse new water,” Ma said.
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