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Not all bounce houses have the same safety measures

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LAWTON, Okla.­_Bounce houses are the new craze, a fun activity often purchased or rented by parents looking to throw a party for their youngsters.

While the hype over bounce houses has been blowing up in recent years, some have been blowing away, proving in many cases like the one from last month in New York can be dangerous. Two young boys were seriously injured when the bouncy house flew up in the air, causing them to fall out. A survey from the Nationwide Children's Hospital found that related injuries rose 1,500 percent between 1995 and 2010. But party rentals manager, Climon Mock, says it also depends on where you purchase them.

Not all bounce houses look the same. Climon Mock rents out bounce houses for a living. He says commercial grade ones like the ones he offers are much stronger than the ones you can buy at the store.

“They just have little plastic tent anchors. They're not designed even to hold in rocky or tough soil. So some of the parents, they don't even anchor them down. Just stick them out there and let the kids jump in,” explained Mock.

He says when the wind picks up many bounce houses can't hold up.

"Most of those are the ones that have been purchased from a Sam's or Costco, and just a regular person can go buy them. And those are made out of the parachute material. That material is not commercial grade. Any wind could just pick it up. That's what it's designed to do; it's designed to float," said Mock.

But Mock says commercial ones aren't always guaranteed either, even though they are regulated by the state. He says it depends on the manufacturer and how well they're maintained.

Before allowing children to play on a bounce house, be sure to check the inspection sticker from the Oklahoma Department of Labor. Despite the past accidents, Mock says as long as parents take the proper precaution, he knows the houses can offer a great time.

"Whether it'd be water slides, or it'd be the inflatable slides, or the combos, just to give the community something to do different that you can take home and you can enjoy with your kids in your backyard,” said Mock.

The company does allow parents to pick up certain houses without the need for a trained operator, but they must go through a process, too.

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