How to Avoid Amusement Park Accidents and Injuries

Amusement Park RideWhat could be more fun than visiting your favorite characters at a theme park this summer? While packing up the family for sunshine and roller coasters is a popular vacation goal, visiting your favorite amusement park without planning ahead for safety can put you and your loved ones at risk. We want you to enjoy your day at the park, so we are going over some basic safety tips on how to avoid an amusement park accident.

Plan for the Day

Have a plan for your family. Include what to do if you become separated or if there is an emergency.

Dress for the Day

When possible, avoid wearing any loose items, such as hats, glasses or slip-on footwear. These items can fly off during a ride with a chance of injuring you or others.

Avoid wearing torn clothing or clothing with tassels. These could become stuck in the park machinery.

Be sure not to forget to wear one important item: Sunscreen. Even on cloudy days, prolonged exposure to the sun can damage your skin.

Obey Park Rules and Ride Restrictions

This one may seem like common sense, but there are always a few park-goers who try to bend the rules, whether it is attempting to ride a rollercoaster meant for taller adults, or keeping all arms and legs inside the ride at all times.

Amusement park accidents are more likely to occur when rules and restrictions are not followed. While some rules may seem unnecessary, keep in mind that they have been designed by safety experts and engineers.

In addition to following all the rules and instructions given by the ride operators and park staff, double-check any safety gear after you have entered the ride.

Pace Yourself

Rollercoasters and other rides can exert your body physically. Take a 15-minute break between intense rides so your body can re-adjust and return to its natural state. Use this time to stay hydrated with water; try to avoid sugary drinks.

Watch for Warning Signs

If you or your kids begin to show signs of illness, take it seriously. Complaints about headaches, dizziness or nausea could be the result of an amusement park accident or injury.

You might be tempted to push through the sickness and continue your day of fun, but give your body a break and time to assess the seriousness of the symptoms.

Also, never try to force a friend or family member to ride a ride if they are not comfortable or are afraid.

Save Your Phone for Emergencies

You’re at an amusement park! Put away your phone and enjoy the day. Try to reserve your phone’s power in case of an emergency so that you can contact your group or emergency services.

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