When throwing a birthday party for your child, be sure to think about the safety hazards that come with some of the most beloved features of such events. There’s nothing worse than when a happy occasion turns into a trip to the emergency room. Injuries can also leave you and your personal liability insurance coverage exposed to costly bodily injury claims. However, with a little planning and forethought, you can enjoy an injury-free celebration. Here are some of the top dangers to avoid in any state- Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota -when putting on a big bash for your little one.
Bounce House –
According to ABC News, bounce house injuries are on the rise. In fact, bounce house-related injuries have doubled since 2008. It’s probably not because bounce houses are becoming more dangerous, but rather likely because they are increasingly found at children’s parties. If you decide to have a bounce house at your party, take some steps to prevent injuries by doing things like limiting the number of children allowed in the house at any one time. Many of the injuries are the result of children falling or crashing into each other. With fewer people inside at one time, there’s less likelihood of injury. In addition, make sure a responsible adult is monitoring the bounce house at all times.
Having a mini-petting zoo at your kid’s next party is likely to be a big hit – at least until someone is bitten by one of the animals. Children don’t always understand that animals view little human hands and fingers as either potentially threatening or as tasty morsels. This is especially true when those little hands smell like hot dogs and hamburgers. If you really must have animals at the party, be sure to hire a very competent vendor. Make sure they have the proper insurance and references to help put your mind at ease. You should never rent animals without their handlers at the party the entire time.
Everyone loves taking a whack at the piñata – and not always solely for the candy and toys that spill out. Unfortunately, putting a baseball bat in the hands of an over-eager, blindfolded child isn’t always the smartest idea. You can have safe fun with a piñata, but you need to control the use of the bat and also keep the observers a safe distance from the swinging bat.
Grills and BBQs –
It wouldn’t be a party without the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. However, having open flames can be a dangerous proposition when surrounded by a group of children running around the yard or park. You should never leave the grill unattended during the party. Assign at least one or two adults to do all the cooking and make sure the children know to stay away from the grill. Once the food is cooked and ready to be served, bring it to the table on a plate or tray instead of having the children line up to be served directly from the grill.