Bounce house owner offers safety tips after accident

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - A strong gust of wind blew a bounce house into power lines Sunday, July 14, 2019. It happened on Lone Tree Lane in Reno. Kelsey Douglass said she was inside her mother’s house when she heard an explosion and her power went out.

Douglass said, “Honestly it was a huge boom and the house shook.” Douglass and her boyfriend went outside and saw a bounce house stuck in the power lines. She said it’s an area that can get powerful winds.

“I mean the wind kicked up, I want to say from 10 mph to 45 mph very quickly yesterday,” said Douglass.

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District rescued three kids. Two of the children were treated at the scene. The other child, 9-year-old Lizzy Hammond, was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center where she later died.

Douglass’ boyfriend, Brian Benna thought at it first it was a paraglide. Benna said, “The fact that it was a bounce house and it came from a house quite a ways down the road, it traveled a good amount of distance, it was quite shocking.”

According to Washoe County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Bob Harmon the bounce house seemed secure, but got caught in a heavy gust of wind.

The owner of Bouncing Around, Nick Cresci said, people need to take safety precautions when it comes to bounce houses.

Cresci said, “That’s the hardest part when it comes to dealing with this business is dealing with the wind and how it can be unpredictable.”

Unpredictable to say the least, it even happened in Victorian Square back in 2014. An inflatable slide ripped from the ground and took off in the air.

Cresci said if you are using a bounce house make sure you’re checking on the inflatables’ condition.

He said, “Have it staked down or weighted down depending what surface you are setting up on. Basically you do not want anyone bouncing off at the side of the bounce house because that can cause it to tip.”

He continued, “You want to make sure you have the appropriate number of kids or weight in the bounce house. No sharp object because you do not want anything to pierce.”

“Obviously if the winds do kick off, you need to turn it off and allow it to deflate,” said Cresci.

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