Popular at birthday parties and fairs, inflatable bounce houses allow kids to jump and play to their hearts’ content. I’ve always been concerned about the energy use and hearing damage caused by the blowers on these jump houses, but the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and the California Attorney General have found that they also “pose lead hazard to children”.
CEH 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. Independent testing commissioned by CEH also showed that lead from bounce houses can expose children to the toxic chemical at levels that violate California law.
It’s the PVC to blame for the lead content in these bounce houses. This “poison plastic” has prompted the California Attorney General Jerry Brown to file a lawsuit against companies that supply bounce houses.
One mother, Mary Brune, Director of Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS), shares:
I’m horrified by these findings. My daughter just celebrated her 6th birthday with a bounce house party, and we’ve been to at least 7 other bounce house events in the last year. We parents can’t police all of the places our children visit looking for invisible health hazards. This problem needs to be solved—and soon.
When was the last time your child was in a bounce house? It was last year at school for my daughter.