Summer is in full swing and for many families, that means vacations. Many of these vacations may include destinations to one of the many amusement parks located throughout the country. While many of the rides in such parks are required to pass routine inspections for safety, injuries still do occur. Many of these injuries occur to young children, and the best advice to parents taking children to an amusement park is to remain vigilant. The Minn Post reports on concerns about taking children to an amusement park.
In 2016, there were more than 30,000 people injured in amusement parks that required a visit to a hospital emergency department.
Because of this, parents planning a visit to the local or vacation amusement park should discuss safety measures with their children, including what to do if they get lost.
Parents should also remain observant – checking to see if ride operators are focused on their jobs. They should be enforcing height requirements and should not be talking on their cell phones while working the ride. A parent noting this behavior should report it to park supervisors.
82% of parents surveyed said that they had been to an amusement park with their child in the past 3 years. 85% said that they accompanied their child on that trip. 89% of parents said that their child stayed with themselves or another adult the entire time.
Yet, only 79% of those surveyed reported talking with their child about what to do if they were to become separated.
Another issue remains with reporting ride operators. 94% of parents surveyed said that they would report an operator who appeared to be under the influence. Another 69% percent said that they would report an operator who was not enforcing safety rules, such as height requirements. Yet, only 48% said they would report a ride operator talking on their cell phone while on the job.
It is important that parents take their children’s safety seriously when visiting amusement parks and state or county fairs.
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