After a deliberative process, the Wichita City Council is expected to decide today whether to tighten rules related to inflatable amusement rides. The changes aim to hold businesses accountable for the safety of their rides and help ensure that those who rent the equipment know how to use it properly. With the new rules, which also increase penalties for violations and mandate that accidents be reported, the public ought to feel better about the safety of these rides — a serious concern, in the wake of the death of a 5-year-old boy at a west-side inflatables business in March. To its credit, the city took care to balance public safety with business rights. And as Jay Jones, owner of Kids Fun USA, told The Eagle, the inflatables companies that take safety “seriously have already been doing these things.”
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