There are over 400 North American amusement parks with fixed sites, and at each one, the most significant concern is safety. Amusement parks offer some of the safest forms of recreation today, but there are always risks involved.
The change of being seriously hurt on an amusement park ride is approximately one in 18 million, based on a three-year average. Of course, that doesn’t mean that an injury can’t happen or that it won’t affect you while you’re there.
What are some ways to prevent injuries from amusement park rides?
There are several things you can do. These tips include:
- Following the rules of the amusement park closely
- Taking breaks between high-speed rides
- Latching belts carefully
1. Following the park rules
There are always people who want to ride on roller coasters or other rides but may not be heavy enough or tall enough. Even if the attendant says it’s okay, it’s best if you follow the instructions and avoid rides you aren’t the right height or weight for.
2. Take breaks when you’re riding multiple coasters
High-speed rides can take a toll on your body. There are significant vibrations and extreme gravitational forces. Take at least 10 to 15 minutes to rest between rides, so you can assess if you’ve suffered injuries.
3. Latch belts safely
Make sure your lap belts and other safety equipment fit well and are latched appropriately. Attendants do come around to check on the safety gear before the ride, so if you note that you’re not secured, make sure you speak up.
These are some tips for a safer summer at amusement parks. Be cautious, and you can help avoid accidents.