Many families make one last pilgrimage to an amusement park before the school year begins. A trip to the amusement park is a chance to relax, enjoy family time, and try out some exciting rides. It can be great fun for the entire family as long as you avoid doing any of the five things listed below—they can put your child in serious danger.
- Never sneak a child on a ride if they are not tall enough or old enough to ride. The safety precautions are there for a reason, and you are potentially putting your child in danger by ignoring them.
- Never put a crying child on a ride. If they are frightened and unhappy, they may not be able to ride safely. Frightened children may be severely injured while trying to exit a moving ride.
- Never allow your child to board a ride that looks poorly maintained or has a ride attendant who looks bored and is not paying close attention to the safety of the riders. Report the unsafe condition to someone in charge at the amusement park.
- Never allow your child to go into restricted areas. If she needs help retrieving an item—such as sunglasses or a hat—dropped while riding a roller coaster or other ride, ask a ride attendant or park employee for assistance.
- Never put a child on a ride she has outgrown. “Boring” rides can encourage older children to engage in horseplay and ignore safety rules and restraints. Even slow rides can cause an injury if the occupants are not seated and restrained properly.
Avoiding these five actions and following basic amusement park safety rules will ensure that your family has an enjoyable day at the amusement park. David Todd, a San Antonio child injury lawyer with the Todd Law Firm has a great interest in promoting child safety in and around San Antonio. If the worst happens, and your child is injured, contact him at 512-472-7799 for a free case evaluation. You can also download a free copy of Seven Deadly Mistakes That Can Wreck Your Texas Accident Case for more information.