Amusement park injuries and accidents have been discussed in prior posts by the Winchester area injury firm of ABRAMS LANDAU. Concerned about safety, maintenance and training of amusement park personnel, Clarke County injury lawyer Doug Landau has long maintained that there should be greater regulation of interstate amusement rides and fairs. Because children are at greater risk for injury in the amusement and water park setting, parents and other caregivers need to be vigilant and proactive. In our research, we came across the "SaferPark" web site. The Saferparks website was launched in 2000 to help consumers, industry, and regulatory officials prevent amusement ride injuries by sharing safety information and ideas. Sources include:
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
- Various state and local regulatory agencies
- The Council for Amusement and Recreational Equipment Safety (CARES)
- The National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO)
- The members of the ASTM F-24 industry standards committee for amusement rides, devices, and attractions. Safety standards produced by other organizations including: Standards Australia (SA), European Committee for Standardization (CEN), and the International Standards Organization (ISO)
Among the many interesting and helpful sections of this site are safety tips for parents and amusement park ride users.
- General Safety Advice –
- Read ALL safety signs
- Watch others on the ride before deciding whether it’s a safe bet for you or your child.
- If riders your size and age (or your child’s size and age) look uncomfortable, can’t reach the bracing points, or seem to be sliding around a lot, choose another ride.
- If the ride looks rickety or poorly maintained, take a pass and seek another in a better state of repair.
- If the attendants aren’t paying attention or the ride scares you for some other reason, don’t board it.
- Once you make the decision to ride, follow all the instructions provided, hang on tight, and have fun!