Do Bounce Houses Pose a Health Risk?

Do Bounce Houses Pose a Health Risk?

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Beth Callaghan
Sep 20, 2010

Our kids encounter bounce houses with more and more frequency these days—at birthday parties, community events, and even summer camp. But a recent report from the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has us wondering if we should keep our kids out.

The CEH launched an investigation last spring, and their testing found "one bounce house contained more than 70 times the federal limit for lead in children's products under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act." As a result, the California Attorney General has filed lawsuits against several bounce house makers in order to end the risk for lead exposure in these products.

A spokesman for CEH suggested that parents could reduce their children's risk for lead exposure by wiping kids' hands and mouths after exiting a bounce house.

What do you think? Will you exercise more caution with bounce houses in the future?

"Suit Sees Lead Risk in Bounce Houses," New York Times

"Parents Warned: Bounce Houses Pose Lead Hazard to Children," CEH

(Image by Flickr member Gary Paulson licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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