Paintball Eye Injuries & the Importance of Protection

Many sports pose the risk of eye injuries; some have a higher ris­­­k than others. According to “The National Eye Institute”, baseball is considered a high risk for eye injury and has the leading number of sports-related eye injuries. Although sports such as baseball & basketball have the highest risk, a recent study has found that Paintball actually poses the greatest risk of vision loss associated with the injury.

The reason that Paintball/Airsoft has the highest risk of vision loss is because, while large balls such as baseballs may fracture bones, smaller balls (like a paintballs) can injure or rupture the eyeball itself. So what can be done to lower the amount vision loss injuries in Paintball? Eye Protection…our insurance program requires full face & ear protection for Paintball and Airsoft. So why full face & ear when we are talking about eye injuries hear? Ear injuries are actually said to be the next common type of Paintball injury after eyes. Ear injuries can result in hearing loss, concussion or even a ruptured ear drum. This is true for Airsoft as well, ever had a BB in the ear? Not pleasant. Bottom line is, injuries from any sport can be potentially serious. Be sure to use the recommended safety equipment every time.

WebMD. “Paintball Causes Many Vision-Robbing Eye Injuries”. http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/news/20161103/paintball-causes-many-vision-robbing-eye-injuries#1. November 4, 2016.

National Eye Institute. “Sport-Specific Risk”. https://nei.nih.gov/sports/risk

NOLO. “Paintball Injury Lawsuits”. http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/paintball-injury-lawsuits-33966.html. 2016.

Hurricane Preparedness

hurricane-matthew-news1The Southern East Coast is bracing for Hurricane Matthew, which is predicted to be the strongest hurricane to hit the US Coast line in over a decade. The Governor of South Carolina declared for a state of emergency & possible evacuations as Matthew inches closer. Do you know what to do in the event of a strong hurricane hitting where you live or do business?

The National Weather Service has many resources to help you prepare for a hurricane. The first thing the NWS suggests is to know if your area has an evacuation center & know where it is before the storm hits. You should also have a list of everything you will need if you need to evacuate. This is not the time to take all your belongings with you, you must plan to take only the essentials. Including clean clothes, cash, credit cards, bottled water, and a basic first aid supply kit.

Keep an eye on weather forecasts, hurricanes can be very unpredictable. Also make sure that your homeowners & business insurance provides for hurricane & flood damage…this is not something you want to find out after the fact.

Sources
National Weather Service. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/hurricane/plan.shtml . “What to Do Before the Tropical Storm or Hurricane”.

USA Today. “Florida, Carolinas brace for fury of Hurricane Matthew” http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2016/10/04/hurricane-matthew-shifts-closer-florida-late-monday-forecast/91515650/. October 5th 2016.

15 minute insurance mini seminars

join-us-iaapa2016Larry Cossio, the leading insurance expert and industry speaker, will be giving 15 minute insurance seminars for Party Rentals, Indoor Centers & FEC. Larry Cossio & the agents of the CIA will be traveling to IAAPA in Orlando on November 15th to the 18th. The mini seminars will be held at the larger booth #6157 at the following times:

  • Party Rentals: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 11:30
  • Indoor Centers: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 1:30
  • Family Entertainment Centers: Tuesday & Wednesday at 3:30

Trampoline Park tells UK teen she ‘can’t bounce without feet’

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A trampoline park in the UK made headlines on Tuesday after a manager told a triple amputee teenager that she needed to leave the trampoline park because of her disability. Ellie had to have both her legs, her right arm and three fingers amputated at the age of five after being hospitalized with meningitis. She has won awards for trampolining & is an active horse back rider.

According to the news reports Ellie had been jumping in the trampoline park for about an hour when I manager approached her and started shouting at her in front of everyone that “if I have no feet, I cannot bounce”. The manager told her that she would be likely to injure others and that she could not be in control of her jumping.

The trampoline park issued a statement apologizing for the incident, but also commenting that the manager was concerned that the teenager was in a free running area that was for advanced users. They also said that they would like to offer free sessions to her and her family…though I doubt her family will return.

Sources

The Sun. “You can’t bounce without feet. What triple amputee teen was told as she was ordered to leave trampoline park in case she injured other customers”. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1816779/what-triple-amputee-teen-was-told-as-she-was-ordered-to-leave-trampoline-park-in-case-she-injured-other-customers/. September 20, 2016.

Bounce House Blower Starts Fire in Indoor Center

Jump On It Fire

An Indoor Center in Maryland called “Jump On It”,  recently experienced a fire that was caused by a malfunction of one of the bounce house blowers. According to news reports, a parent alerted the staff around 12:40 on September 9th that they noticed smoke coming from the blower attached to the Batman inflatable. The smoke turned to flames and the parent told others in the facility as well as the front desk who used the intercoms to alert everyone.

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Heat Dangers in a Bounce House? – Heat Index Chart Included

We have all heard the stories of children & pets left in hot cars, but most of us have never really thought about the possible dangers inside of a bouncer on a hot day. A study on the impact of temperature on bounce houses was just published last Thursday in the “Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society”. The study called “Do Inflatable Bounce Houses Pose Heat-related Hazards to Children” was performed last summer by the University of Georgia. The University conducted experiments on wind speeds & temperature among other factors. The researchers found that the temperature inside of a bouncer adds 4-7 degrees to the outside temperatures. Continue reading “Heat Dangers in a Bounce House? – Heat Index Chart Included”

Inflatable Slide Collapses During Arcade Festival

Inflatable Slide Topples

According to various news sources an inflatable slide collapsed at a convention center in Pennsylvania, injuring several people. The slide was one of a few bouncers set-up at a large Arcade and Video Game Festival hosted by Replay FX. The units were rented from an unnamed rental company. A witness says that she saw 4 older girls heading up the slide plus two staff that were at the top of the slide. When the girls got about half-way up the slide she said it just toppled over. She also stated that she didn’t think that the slide looked very stable.

The director of the event made the company pick up the unit and asked for something safer. The slide apparently toppled over because of deflation. The director said that the slide was inspected by the state. Of course, just because a unit has been inspected does not mean that it has been set-up properly or is being properly supervised. If there were 4 girls (of any age, but older makes it worse) climbing up the slide at the same time that would be a serious safety risk. Not only was there too much weight put on the slide, but if the girl at the top slipped the girls behind would tumble down like dominoes. It is also unclear if the slide was properly anchored down, properly inflated or had been checked for rips or tears prior to set-up. Moral of the story: train your staff, make sure they are responsible & be sure that self-inspections are done EVERY TIME your devices are set-up.

Sources
CBS Local. “Inflatable Slide Topples At Convention Center, Several Injured” By David Highfield.http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/07/28/inflatable-slide-topples-at-convention-center-several-injured/. July 28, 2016

WAFB 9. “PA: Several injured in inflatable slide incident”.  http://www.wafb.com/story/32568760/pa-several-injured-in-inflatable-slide-incident. July 28, 2016.

Party Rental Bouncer Stolen From Yard

 

Over the 4th of July weekend an Illinois family woke up in the morning to find that they bounce house they had rented was nowhere to be found. The family had finished up the party around 4AM & went inside to get some sleep. When they awoke in the morning about 9AM the bouncy house was gone. The rental company Morris and Company Entertainment estimated that the bounce house weighed between 250 to 300 pounds. For this reason the police believe that there were multiple people involved in the theft.

While the rental company commented this is the first time this has ever happened in their 30 years of business, this is a perfect example of why your party rental business needs to have Inland Marine Property Insurance. Though it may be rare, these expensive party equipment rentals attract thieves looking to make some quick cash. The unit was worth about $2,500. The rental company is offering a reward for anyone who finds the inflatable.

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Largest Escape Room Opens in Hollywood

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An Escape HOTEL just opened up in Hollywood. The hotel hosts 10 games at one time, making it the largest Escape Room Game in the United States. The new hotel makes the game an experience right from the start. While most Escape Rooms have the players sit in a room while they sign waivers & go over the rules, the new hotel checks in the guests just like an actual hotel. All of the employees stay in character at all times & are dressed up in fancy suits.

The Escape Hotel has games such as daycare, witchcraft, zombies, agent, mafia. While an escape room named daycare might not sound very exciting, it actually looks pretty creepy. Daycare Game Hotel Hollywood It will soon be opening a pirate, circus, slaughter, heist & kidnapping room. With more & more Escape Room Games popping up all over the country it is becoming increasingly important to make sure your escape room is unique. What will you do to make your Escape Room Games stand out above the rest?

Source

Hollywood Laist. “The Largest Escape Room Game In The U.S. Just Opened In Hollywood.” By Juliet Bennett Rylah.http://laist.com/2016/07/19/the_old_geisha_house_is_now_the_wor.php. July 19, 2016.

Escape Hotel Hollywood. http://www.escapehotelhollywood.com/.

Be Careful About Your Waiver Wording

Dodge Ball Trampoline Park

A news station in New Jersey reports that a family will be able to proceed with their lawsuit against a trampoline park regardless of wording in the waiver that states that the participant is signing over the right to bring the trampoline park to trial.  The wording of the waiver stated that the dispute would have to go through arbitration rather than through the courts. On July 13th, 2016 the court ruled that this was not enforceable because it did not make it clear that the signee was signing over their right to sue. The agreement also did not explain how arbitration differs from a trial in court.

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