Your visit to an amusement park should be a safe and enjoyable fun day out with your family but unfortunately, accidents can and do happen.
There are many ways for accidents and injuries to occur at an amusement park and attorneys like The Reeves Law Group of Los Angeles see examples that range from rollercoaster injuries to water slide injuries and food poisoning.
If you want to avoid some of the perils associated with an amusement park that aren’t talked about in the advertising, here are some safety tips to hopefully keep you away from potential danger.
Height limit for rides
It is important to remember that the height limit imposed for certain rides, is just a precautionary safety guide and it should be used to give you a false sense of security.
The main purpose of the height requirement is to restrict young children from going on a ride that has the potential to be too intense and physically demanding and if you have a child who is tall for their age, give thought to their emotional as well as physical ability to handle the challenges of the ride.
If you child is allowed on a ride like a rollercoaster, ensure that the lap bar is secure and that they are not in danger of sliding over or under the bar when the ride begins.
Share a ride
Your child always needs to be supervised at all times and it may be a good idea to ride with them, which will probably be a shared fun family experience anyway but it gives you the chance to ensure that they are as safe as possible.
It is worth remembering that the companion on a ride is often an integral part of the safety restraint system and keeps them more secure.
Don’t ignore a problem
Never ignore your instincts or concerns that you have about a particular ride before deciding to take part or let your children on.
If you believe that something seems wrong with the ride such as the lap bar not latching properly, raise the alarm immediately and if the operator does not understand your concerns or does not take any action, tell someone at guest relations as soon as possible.
Finding the right ride
Age appropriate rides are not just about height restrictions, it is also a matter of finding the right rides that are fun for your child’s age group.
If you try and put them on a ride that is deemed too young and boring by your kids, there is the danger that they might try to make it more exciting by doing something like moving around or jumping about, which could spell trouble.
It is much better to find a ride that is considered to be fun for their age and risk profile, so that they stay seated and stay safe.
Don’t forget the sunscreen
There are so many incidents of sunburn and heatstroke at amusement parks, probably because we are so distracted by the fun things going on around us.
Make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 so that the sunshine doesn’t get a chance to spoil your family day out.
Amusement parks often live up to their billing and provide great entertainment, you just need to be mindful that they are also places where accidents can and do happen if you don’t follow the rules and practice some basic safety.
Ann Johnson is a family counselor. She enjoys sharing her experiences online. Her posts are available on many family and lifestyle blogsites.