HEALTH experts are calling on parents to be aware of the dangers posed by bouncy castles and trampolines.
A significant number of incidents on bouncy castles and trampolines have already been recorded for April and are likely to increase into the summer.
Last May alone, 45 patients attended VHI SwiftCare Clinics around the country.
The vast majority of the injuries suffered were sprains and broken arms and legs.
Accidents were more common among females, with 56pc of girls under the age of 10 requiring treatment at the clinics after falling.
"We wholeheartedly support children playing outside and staying active," said Dr Brian Gaffney, medical director of VHI SwiftCare Clinics.
"But year on year we see an increase in these types of easily avoided injuries, as more parents invest in trampolines or hire bouncy castles for communions and birthday parties."
Dr Gaffney and Vhi are calling on parents to take a number of straightforward precautions to reduce these types of injuries.
A responsible adult should supervise at all times; only one child should be on a trampoline or bouncy castle where possible; ensure bouncy castles are correctly anchored before use; and if has been raining, make sure that surface are dried off correctly before children start to play.
VHI has also urged caution among adults looking to test their bouncing skills, as there are usually a handful of parents who present with injuries each year.
If the worst happens and someone is injured, VHI has urged people to stay calm, don't rush to get the person to stand up and seek emergency help if someone has lost consciousness, lost feeling in their legs or arms or has suffered a broken bone.