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Amusement Park Safety

Amusement Park Safety


All this month we will be sharing tips on how to be safe while enjoying many outdoor activities this summer!

The blog Safewise has an article with tips on how to be safe while visiting amusement parks this Summer. Some things cannot be avoided like the recent roller coaster stop at Michigan’s Adventure, but other hazards & potential health issues can be avoided by following these simple tips:

  • The Sun – Nothing can ruin fun faster than a severe sunburn. Make sure to apply sunscreen before heading to the park and apply it at least every 2 hours while at the park (more often if you’re at a water park). Follow directions and throw away sunscreen past the “use by” date.
  • Hydrate & Fuel Up – Amongst the fun of an amusement park, we often neglect the simple things like staying hydrated and eating. Dehydration can cause headaches, upset stomach, & lethargy which can be a dangerous combination in the hot sun on hot asphalt. Keep pumping fluids and eating small snacks throughout the day.
  • Off-Limits – There’s a reason for the signs stating areas are off-limits. They are there for your protection. Don’t sneak through off-limits areas, it’s just not worth it.
  • You Body Talks – It does! Listen to your body throughout the day and rest when needed. Often we get so wrapped up in trying to do/see everything that we push our bodies to the limit.
  • Don’t Be Silent – If you see a safety hazard or have a concern, talk to a park employee. They cannot resolve a safety issue if they aren’t aware of it.
  • What You Wear – Loose & baggy items, jewelry, free-flowing hair, all of these things could cause harm to yourself and others at the amusement park. Wear comfortable layered clothing (so you can add/remove as the weather dictates), broken-in closed-toe shoes, & leave the baggy stuff at home.
  • Know Your Limits – Most amusement parks have information both online and at the park regarding their rides. They spell out the health risks and restrictions for each ride. Be safe when you ride.
  • Rules, Rules – Rules are there not to be broken, but rather to keep you safe and help you and your family enjoy a day at the amusement park.
  • Have a Plan – Before you even leave, have a plan of action. Make sure all members understand where you are going and what to do when you get separated. Nothing ruins a fun day at the park more than having to search around for lost party members.
  • The Buddy System – This isn’t just a good idea for elementary school field trips. It’s always best to go to an amusement park with at least one other person. This way you can check on each other’s well-being and to have someone there in case something does happen.


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