Every year millions of people venture to amusement parks for recreational fun and quality time with family and friends. Amusement parks like Six Flags and Disneyland provide an escape from everyday life and are a staple of American culture.
However, these parks that are filled with thrilling rides and attractions can pose a safety risk. The reality is that amusement park guests are susceptible to injury or wrongful death. There were more than 1,200 injuries per year on amusement park rides between 2001 and 2011.
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind as you venture out to amusement parks:
Follow The Rules
All amusement parks have rules and guidelines for rides and attractions clearly visible to the public. Read these rules and make sure the members of your party are in compliance. For example, a ride may state that you can’t be pregnant or nursing to ride it.
Most rides also have height and weight requirements and limits. These are tested guidelines that should always be followed. If you are uncertain about your physical ability to go on a ride, then ask a park employee for more information. Also make sure that your children meet the minimum requirements to enjoy a ride before you let them go it.
Know The Risks
Once you have been assured that you can safely go on a ride, make sure you know the risks. These are also stated on the information signage before entering the ride. If you are prone to any health reactions like elevated blood pressure, motion sickness, panic attacks or fainting, avoid rides that could heighten these reactions. It’s also a good idea to observe a cycle of the ride before you try it to determine if you can safely engage.
If at any point on the ride you feel unsafe or ill, let a member of your party know. Some rides also have operator’s stationed throughout or emergency buttons. Get the attention of an operator to let them know you need to exit the ride. Don’t hesitate to express your concerns.
If you are unable to exit a ride before its completion, visit the medical center at the amusement park when you are done. Express any symptoms to the staff. If you have a child that is experiencing any symptoms of illness or injury, make sure to take them to the medical center immediately.
A number of things can go wrong unexpectedly at an amusement park. While it is exciting to visit, don’t forget to follow the rules and use common sense at all times to ensure you and your party have a safe experience.
If a you or a loved one has been injured on an amusement park ride, feel free to call Owen, Patterson & Owen at 1-800-676-5295 for a free consultation. You can also contact us by sending us a message.