Knife Accident in Inflatable Slide

The Knife found on the slide

According to news outlets in Ohio, on Monday September 11th, 3 children were injured by a knife while sliding down an inflatable slide inside of an indoor inflatable center. The children were cut by the blade as they were sliding down. The knife had somehow gotten stuck in the seam on the side of the inflatable slide.

One child had a serious injury on his hand and the two other children had minor injuries from the incident.  WARNING: POTENTIALLY GRAPHIC IMAGE OF THE INJURY BELOW  Continue reading “Knife Accident in Inflatable Slide”

Multiple lawsuits from one mechanical bull

On Superbowl Sunday of 2014 Leonard Barstein received injuries while riding a mechanical bull at “Johnny Utah’s” a popular bar in NYC. Leonard claimed that the mechanical bull operator cranked up the speed before he had the chance to grab on to the straps. He said that this caused him to be violently thrown off the bull. He broke his ankle and had to have a metal plate inserted. Continue reading “Multiple lawsuits from one mechanical bull”

Why many property owners don’t have flood insurance

There are a few reasons why you as a property owner may not have flood insurance. You may not realize that flood damage is not included in your homeowners or property insurance…or you may think that you do not live in an area that could get damaged by flood waters.

In 2015, in Columbia, SC they received what the news said was about 6 months of rainwater in just 2 days. Columbia is not on the coast, it does not often see a lot of rain, so you would think that you would not need flood insurance. This shows that just because flooding may not occur often in your area does not mean that it cannot happen.

This particular event was caused by Flash Flooding. This type of flood can occur with little or no warning and can happen anywhere. The Weather Channel describes a flash flood as “quick-rising floods usually occurring as the result of heavy rains over a short period of time, often only several hours or even less.They can also be caused by ice jams on rivers in conjunction with a winter or spring thaw, or occasionally even a dam break. The constant influx of water finally causes a treacherous overflow to begin, powerful enough to sweep vehicles away, roll boulders into roadways, uproot trees, level buildings, and drag bridges off their piers. Most frightening is the rapidity with which the water rises.”

Could your property recover financially from damage shown in the picture above? We over flood insurance for both homes & businesses. Give us a call at 864-688-0121.

Sources

The Weather Channel. “Flood and Flash Flood Facts”.  Nov 19, 2012. https://weather.com/safety/floods/news/flood-safety-20120423

Fire Safety: Is your home or business prepared?

Smoke billows from a tower block severely damaged by a serious fire, in north Kensington, West London, Britain June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

According to the Red Cross fires cause over $7 billion in property damage each year & around 7 people die each day from home fires. Just last week in London a high rise apartment building caught on fire with over 600 residents inside. There were over 79 fatalities. According to a report from CBS News, the building had a history of numerous complaints about fire safety regulations throughout the past 3 years.  The fire took only six minutes to spread six floors up. The external cladding that was installed in 2016 is believed to be the cause of the rapid spread of the fire. British & Australian officials has since started removing similar type cladding from other buildings.

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Hurricane Safety Tips

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June marked the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane season. We all know that these powerful storms can be deadly & destructive. Whether right on the coast of further inland there are some steps you should take to protect your family, pets & property. The American Red Cross has a lot of great resources.

BEFORE THE STORM

Being prepared is probably the #1 best way to protect yourself. The Red Cross has an extensive list that you should check out, here are a few highlights:

  • Have an evacuation plan & know the evacuation routes.
  • Make sure you have an emergency kit (Red Cross Emergency List)
  • Protect your property by covering windows and picking up any loose items outside such as tools, furniture etc.
  • Check your home insurance coverage. The standard home insurance policy does not cover floods.

PETS

Not something usually mentioned in a hurricane safety article, but we know you want to keep your furry family members safe during a hurricane too. The Houston SPCA suggests that pet owners have a pet disaster kit with food, water, medication and vaccination records. Pets should also have tags with valid identification. If you are told to evacuate, your pets should go with you. If it is not safe for you, it is not safe for them. A full list of the Houston SPCA’s advice can be found here: http://hspca.convio.net/site/PageNavigator/animal_resources_disaster_preparedness 

DURING THE STORM

  • Stay Indoors, if you are stuck outside DO NOT go into flood waters. Even shallow flood water  can be very dangerous.
  • Use flashlights, try not to use candles as they can be a fire hazard.

AFTER THE STORM

  • If you have evacuated do not return to the area until officials let you know it is safe
  • Let family know you are safe
  • Continue listening to the news in the case of more rainfall & flooding.

For a comprehensive list of hurricane safety tips visit the Red Cross Website: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane

Sources

Houston SPCA. “Disaster Preparedness”. http://hspca.convio.net/site/PageNavigator/animal_resources_disaster_preparedness

Red Cross. “Hurricane Safety”. http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane

 

Marbles Suspected in Paintball Tournament Injuries

Participants at the 2017 Tippmann Challenge at Commando Paintball in Navan. – Sheldon Carless Photography/Used with permission from Commando Paintball – Posted by Ottawa Community News

The Tippmann Challenge D-Day 2017 took place on June 11th at Commando Paintball in Ottawa, Canada. Paintball players flock from all over to take part in this fun and friendly event. Unfortunately an individual at the event did not have friendly intentions. Continue reading “Marbles Suspected in Paintball Tournament Injuries”

Are you prepared for a power outage?

Power outages happen for numerous reasons. Are you & your inflatables prepared for the next power outage? Just this week in Pennsylvania an indoor bounce house collapsed on a 4 year old when the indoor center’s power was knocked out by a storm. The 4 year old was jumping in a large Batman inflatable when the power outage caused the bouncer to deflate with the little girl inside. The father had to pull the little girl up to the netting so that she wouldn’t suffocate as the inflatable came down on top of her. Continue reading “Are you prepared for a power outage?”

Tis’ the season for inflatable vadalism

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Tis’ the season for inflatable vandalism…or so it seems. Yesterday alone there were at least five news articles from across the country of inflatable Christmas displays that were vandalized or stolen. Whether you rent Christmas themed bounce houses, or have Christmas inflatables outside your business/home this is something you definitely need to be on the lookout for.

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Father Sues After 3-year old breaks leg

According to New Jersey news sources, a father has just filed a lawsuit against the owners of an indoor bounce house center. Earlier this year, while 3-year old Daniel was celebrating his birthday, he fell out of a bounce house. The fall caused the child to break his leg. According to the families attorney, Daniel now walks with a limp.

The lawsuit claims that the Indoor Center is at fault due to: “improper supervision, lack of proper control, overcrowding & failure to properly maintain a bounce house.”. The lawsuit is seeking compensatory damages for “the loss of services of his son, including guidance, companionship, assistance, household services and society”. Continue reading “Father Sues After 3-year old breaks leg”