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The family summer vacation is a time-honored tradition, and it often includes a trip to one of our country’s incredible amusement parks.
But, while the rides and other attractions at these parks are typically safe, it pays to be vigilant, particularly if you’re visiting with children. Here are some things to keep in mind that will help make sure your family vacation is full of fun, instead of worry.
Amusement Park Ride Safety
According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the majority of injuries on rides happen because guests have a pre-existing medical condition or don’t follow posted guidelines. IAAPA recommends that you:
Water Park Guidelines
The potential for danger can increase significantly when you bring water into the equation, so the IAAPA recommends some special precautions for parks with water rides:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has additional recommendations regarding hygiene:
General Welfare Tips
No matter what kind of park you’re visiting — or even if you’re simply attending a public event — the following tips can help ensure your safety and good time:
Perhaps the most important tip of all is this: Know your limits — and those of the people with you. Are there health conditions you need to consider? Even high blood pressure can impact your ability to safely enjoy a ride. Does someone in your group have a disability? They may face certain restrictions, but there also might be special seats available on specific rides. Ask park staffers for assistance and guidelines.No matter your situation, a trip to the amusement park can become a cherished family memory, so long as you don’t try to overdo it. Because having fun is what summer is all about!
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