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Safety Tips for Amusement Parks

  • By Craig Kidwell
  • 12 Nov, 2020

Amusement parks are relatively safe, but accidents can occur in the safest places. Luckily, those who observe the relevant safety measures can enjoy themselves and return home safely. Below are some tips to keep your family safe the next time you visit an amusement park.

Follow the Rules

Theme park operators have rules and regulations for all their visitors. They use the rules and regulations to prevent injuries and minimize their exposure to liability claims. Typical rules include:

  • Limits on the number of people per ride
  • Weight and height limits on rides
  • Age limits on attractions
  • Clothes and shoes to wear 

Follow the rules to the letter, even if you think you can break one and get away with it.

Stay Hydrated

You might get lost in fun and forget to eat or drink. Moreover, many attractions sit outdoors, which means heat exposure. Both increase the risk of dehydration. Children are particularly vulnerable to dehydration. Unfortunately, the complications of dehydration increase the risk of injury. For example, extreme dehydration can trigger seizures, which can lead to an accident.

Speak Up

Don't stay quiet whenever you are not sure of something. Speak up when you suspect danger. Ask questions if you are not sure of something. Adequate knowledge will keep you safe.

Say you are sitting in a ride, and the belt or latch is not as snug as you think it should be. Don't assume that the attendant is perfectly aware of the situation. What if the restraint has malfunctioned or the attendant forgot to adjust it? Speak up to confirm your safety before the ride begins.

Ensure Constant Supervision of Children

Young children require careful supervision to avoid injuries. If you have a young child, stay with them so that you can:

  • Explain rules to them
  • Set a good example with each attraction
  • Instruct them on safety tips, for example, where to grab during rides

Ensure the kids get enough rest before and during your excursion — exhaustion increases the risk of an accident.

Know Your Limits

Every member of your group should know and observe their limits. For example:

  • An expectant mother should know which attractions to avoid
  • Everyone should be aware of their swimming abilities before venturing into water attractions, such as slides that end up in the pool
  • Everyone should take a rest when they get tired
  • Large-bodied persons should use comfortable seats during rides (some parks have special seats for those with large frames)

Don't be embarrassed to sit out an attraction if it seems beyond your limits. For instance, admitting your limited swimming abilities is much safer than braving the water and struggling.

Pay Attention to Attendants

The park attendants have the skills and experience to help you safely enjoy the attractions. Pay attention to the attendants whenever they speak. For example, before you get onto a ride, the operator may give brief safety instructions. Put your phone away and pay attention to the operator to enhance your safety.

Don't Force the Kids

Lastly, you should let children have a say on which attractions or rides they want to enjoy. Don't force kids to ride rides they are afraid of. Just because a child meets the height, weight, and age threshold for a ride doesn't mean that they are ready for it. The child must also be emotionally ready for the ride. Otherwise, they might panic and hurt themselves during the ride.

Hopefully, you won't suffer any injuries during your amusement park visit. However, if you do suffer an injury, don't assume that the park is not responsible just because of a disclaimer on your ticket. The waiver might not apply under some circumstances. Contact Kidwell & Gallagher Injury Lawyers to review your accident and determine your claim's viability.

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