Top 10 Amusement Park Safety Tips
Visiting an amusement park is a great way to spend a summer day, especially if you plan well and keep these safety tips in mind until you are safely back home or in your hotel room. Few things feel worse than losing your child in a crowd, and you don't want them to have terrible memories of the trip because they went on a ride that was made for someone older than they are.
Take Digital Pictures Before Leaving
Many parents don't think to carry a current photo of their child with them, so it's smart to take a photo of each person in your family before you leave for the park. You won't have any trouble describing their clothing if you are looking at a current picture. The pictures can also be put into a scrapbook to help you remember your trip.
Follow all Warnings
The warnings against riding certain rides if you have health issues are there for a reason. Go over these rules with your children when you enter the park to help keep everyone in your family safe and health.
Bring a First Aid Kit
Keep a small first aid kit in your purse or backpack, especially if anyone in your family has severe allergies. The park probably has band-aid and ointment, but they are unlikely to have the child-sized epi-pen you need if your allergic child is stung by a bee.
Drink Plenty of Water
It's easy for kids to skip drinking water when they are excited and distracted by all the rides at the amusement park. Your children probably won't recognize the signs of heat stroke in themselves, so it's up to you to make sure that they take plenty of breaks to drink cool water and sit in the shade for a few minutes.
Use Plenty of Sunscreen
Getting ready for a day at the amusement park is busy, but don't forget to put sunscreen on every member of your family. Bring the bottle with you because you will need to reapply at least once or twice throughout the day, especially if there are water rides at the park.
Inspect Safety Restraints
Amusement parks are required to test each ride before the park opens every day, but it's up to you to keep your children safe. Inspect the safety restraints as you buckle your kids into each ride and tell the operator if something is amiss. A large portion of injuries at amusment parks occur when children slip through the safety restraints or harnesses.
Pack glowstick bracelets and necklaces in your bag for your kids to wear when it starts to get dark. You are likely to be at the park long after dark and your kids will enjoy wearing the colored lights around their wrists and necks. The glowsticks also make it easier for you to keep track of your kids after the sun has set.
Use a Map
Most amusement parks are happy to give you a map when you enter the park. Make sure you get one for each adult and every child that is old enough to read it. Look at the map together to find the emergency exits, bathrooms and first aid stations. It's also smart to pick a place to meet if you become separated at any point during the day.
Don't Leave Your Children Alone
Children under the age of 12 should not be left alone for any reason. If you allow them to ride by themselves, make sure that you are the one to secure their safety restraint. Stay close to the ride and watch until they are done. Going to the bathroom as a group is also a good idea. It ensures that you stay together and you are available to help them as necessary. Many amusement parks have family bathrooms you can use if your family includes a mix of genders.
Look Past the Height Limit
Most rides are limited by height and not age, so a young child who is taller than normal may end up on a ride that is too mature for their age. Try to look at each ride through the eyes of your child and make sure it is not too scary for them. It's also important to ensure that the lap bar properly secures your child and they cannot slip under it, especially if the ride goes upside-down.