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Safety tips for families to follow on visits to amusement parks

State Labor Department inspectors who enforce amusement park safety measures statewide provided these basic guidelines below for parents and parkgoers to follow in order to avoid injury.

Parents with children

• Don’t assume a ride is safe for children if you hold on to them.

• Parents should never ride go-carts or bumper cars with children on their laps.

• Observe age, height and weight restrictions.

• Talk to children so they know what to expect of a ride.

• If your child gets scared, ask, if possible, that the ride be stopped.

• If your child is afraid of the ride, it’s probably best not to put her or him on it.

• Not all rides are appropriate for all children, even if they meet the height requirements.

• Water rides require additional attention.

• Walk, don’t run, on pool decks and surroundings.

• On water slides, follow instructions and leave the pool area at the bottom quickly. Always slide feet first; sliding head first is a major cause of head and neck injuries.

• Use flotation devices when needed.

General tips

• Listen to the ride operator’s instructions.

• Read and follow posted warnings and instructions.

• Keep hands and feet inside the ride while it is moving.

• Don’t reach toward fences or barriers.

• Secure loose clothing and long hair.

• Don’t drink and ride.

• Don’t stand or attempt to leave a ride until it comes to a complete stop.

• Check restraining devices to make sure they are properly latched.

• Avoid horseplay.

• Never attempt to unlock or loosen a restraining device until instructed by the operator.

The Department of Labor’s park safety website – – offers parents and children tips on ride safety. The site also makes it simple to email the department to report unsafe conditions.

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