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Today we have decided to write on the release of a new info-graphic released. by the Child Injury Prevention Alliance. Does that name sound familiar? It should, the major proponent of this alliance, a medical Doctor named Gary Smith. Here at Executive Events & Entertainment, we have decided to make it a point to deconstruct this info-graphic to tell you (the reader) some of the statistical tricks they use to scare people out of renting a bouncer. As a caveat, it is important to note that we support the CIPA and all that they do in helping children but spreading exaggerated statistics to already worried parents may be doing more harm than good. The reason we decided to address this issue specifically is due to the CIPA being based in Ohio and making claims that there are few if any regulatory agencies watching the bouncer industry (not true the Ohio Department of Agriculture has a "Ride Safety" division which governs laws regarding bouncers and other inflatables.).    

The major issue with this info-graphic is that it makes uniformitarian assumptions about the regulations regarding bouncers. It is important to remember that Smith's study only pertains to statistics gathered from hospitals in Ohio and are self reporting. Meaning, that the patient admits to the doctor that they were in a bouncer when injured which may not necessarily be the truth. 
Another major issue is that it draws correlation between a study done in 1995 and the recent one done in 2012. Since bouncers have been gaining in popularity over the past 20 years so it can be reasonably assumed that the number o injuries would go up.
The last issue we would like to raise is the 1500% increase in injuries is a grossly overblown statistic. Look at it this way if the initial sum of x's is equal to 1 and the sum (sigma) of the second set of numbers is lets say 11. That would be a 1000% percent increase. So showing a percentage increase may not necessarily be representing the numbers correctly. 

So, What do we do?

So, do we just stop using bouncers and other inflatables altogether? The answer is NO. With any type of product or service you need to give it due diligence in terms of researching the possible dangers of the activity. Here at 3E we make the following suggestions:

1. Do not use a privately produced bouncer like those found at Sam's Club, Walmart, and more. these bouncers do not come with adequate anchoring.

2. Use a professionally trained, licensed, and insured party rental company like Executive Events & Entertainment.

3. Bouncers are not babysitters. They are not meant to be setup and left alone with the kids. All children must be supervised by a trained professional at all times.

4. Don't buy into the hype. These activities are perfectly safe when everyone follows that rules. One of the major issues we have come across over the years is the parents encouraging their children to break the rules within the bouncer.  We cannot even tell you how many times we have heard the terms "do a flip!' "do a somersault!" although it is clearly posted on the front of the bouncer that such activities are dangerous.
 


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