There are some good ideas in a proposed new city ordinance aimed at better safeguarding children on inflatable bounce rides. Among the proposals are requiring anyone using inflatables to receive training in setup, safety and emergency procedures; requiring owners or operators to inspect inflatables more often than once a year; and establishing more specific requirements for ride inspections. The death of a Wichita boy who fell from an inflatable ride in March brought to light the lax oversight and regulation of inflatables. As Kurt Schroeder, Wichita’s superintendent of central inspection, noted, these proposed new regulations are a “good start and a big step forward.”
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