How to Stay Safe at Amusement Parks
Accidents happen at amusement parks, from skinned knees to serious ride malfunctions. But theme parks have a number of safety measures in place to ensure that your family’s time there is fun and incident-free.
- Follow Park Rules
This may seem like a no-brainer, but parents would be surprised to learn how often theme park accidents happen because a child or teenager tried to flout park rules by climbing a fence, attempting to overload a ride with friends, or ignoring warnings from park employees. The posted signs and employee-stated rules are not there to put a damper on your fun — they’re there to keep you safe. So read them, follow them, and then have a great time!
- Respect the Power of Water
If your family is visiting a water park, there are additional safety precautions to keep in mind. The most crucial thing is to know your child’s swimming ability and be cautious about allowing them into attractions such as wave pools without a life vest if they aren’t strong swimmers.
- Take Breaks Between High-Speed Rides
High-speed rides take a toll on young bodies, with the extreme gravitational forces they exert, the significant vibrations that ricochet through the body, and the sudden, jerky movements that can strain necks and other joints.
- Be Smart With Food and Drink
Staying hydrated especially during summer trips to amusement parks when all the excitement makes for a sweaty day.