Summertime Safety Tips, Part 4: Watch Out for That Roller Coaster!
It’s officially summertime. With kids out of school and the days finally becoming longer and warmer, you’re probably plotting out a family vacation. Maybe you’re planning to take a cross country trip to see family members. Or maybe you’re planning on going somewhere closer to home, like visiting a local amusement park. But be careful, what starts off as a good time can quickly end up as tragedy.
Exactly how safe is an amusement park ride? It’s a good question that all of us should ask before heading to a local park. According to a 2014 survey by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, the chance of being seriously injured on a fixed-site ride is 1 in 16 million. However, carnival rides may have different numbers but it’s hard to find statistics. That’s because these rides are not regulated through the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
We just want everyone to stay safe and the best way to do that is to avoid an amusement park accident. Follow these safety tips from Parents.com:
- Always follow the park rules. Hey, this is how most accidents occur. Someone didn’t follow the rules by climbing a fence or overloading a ride and that’s when the injuries occurred. Always read the warning signs and follow them.
- As a parent, keep your eyes on your kids at all times. They could be breaking those park rules, after all.
- If you’re heading to the water park, keep in mind the strength of your child’s swimming ability. Are they a strong swimmer? If not, maybe you should consider getting them a life vest. In fact, many parks will lend a free vest to its visitors.
- Take a break. We understand the love of high speeds. But these rides can take a toll on your body, which can lead to a strained neck or other joints. So take 10-minute break before riding another hair-raising ride.
- Choose the proper rides for your kids. They may be too young to ride one of these high tech, towering roller coasters. If you’re not sure the ride is age appropriate, then err on the side of caution and don’t go on the ride.
- Check your harnesses carefully. Make sure that seat belt is on properly and is nice and tight. Remember, it’s there for your protection.
If you get injured in an amusement park accident, you’re going to need help. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone now for a free consultation.