Secure Family Fun: 5 Tips for Staying Safe at Amusement Parks

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Fun is the only thing on the agenda when visiting amusement parks! It’s hard to imagine something bad happening to you or your family. Yet, in 2016 over 30,000 injuries were linked to amusement park visits.

The good news is there are steps you can take to keep your family safe and fun top on your to-do list. All it takes is a little planning and thought ahead of time.

Let’s look at 5 tips for keeping your family safe at amusement parks.

1. Make a Plan

Before you head to the theme park, sit down with your family to go over the day’s plan. Discuss what rides you’ll visit, what rules you want your kids to follow, and have a general schedule for the day.

Also, talk to your kids about what to do if they should get lost. For younger children, make sure your name and cell phone number are in their pocket or attached to their clothing.

Having a plan ahead of time will let your family know what to expect and keep everyone on the same page.

2. Always Follow Park Rules

Listening to ride instructions and reading posted rules may seem monotonous, but they are for your safety. Instead of waving them off, pay attention and make sure your children also understand.

It’s a good idea to visit the amusement park’s website to look at rules and height restrictions ahead of time. Knowing which rides your child can safely ride before you get to the park will prevent any disappointment when they don’t hit the mark.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Speak up

While amusement parks do everything they can to keep visitors safe, things do get missed.

Justin Kimball from Preszler Law of Nova Scotia says that injuries at amusement parks can be caused by exits or entrances to a ride that are not safe, safety belts that malfunction, or structural failures of one of the rides at the park.

If you see something that seems unsafe, say something. If your restraint doesn’t feel right, get off the ride. Speaking up can prevent an injury to yourself or someone else.

4. Rest and Rehydrate

It’s easy to get caught up in the day’s fun and not take a break. Yet, when you’re logging over 30,000 steps in the hot sun, your body needs the rest.

Take plenty of breaks to refuel and rehydrate. Find a spot in the shade to cool your body down. Even a small stroll through an air-conditioned gift shop can help you re-energize.

Pushing your body above its limit will open you up to the increased risk of injury or getting sick.

5. Dress Appropriately

It seems like the only dress code for a day at a theme park is comfort. Yet, to keep your family safe, it’s best to plan outfits ahead of time.

Keep long hair pulled back and avoid wearing baggy clothes or dangling jewelry that can get caught in machinery. Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes made for walking. Plus, plan to wear thin layers to take off or add as the day becomes hotter or cooler.

Fun and Safety Go Hand-In-Hand at Amusement Parks

Don’t let anything ruin your family’s fun at amusement parks. By planning ahead of time, you can keep your family safe and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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