Theme Park Safety Tips
What to Know about Preventing Theme Park Injury from Orlando Accident Attorneys
With more than a dozen theme parks and 59 million park visitors per year, Orlando is undeniably a major US tourist destination. However, with this fun is always risk for personal injury when a theme park owners or a theme park employee is negligent. Our Orlando personal injury law firm has helped clients who suffered theme park injuries after amusement park accidents, water park accidents and virtually every local amusement park.
With our experience representing individuals hurt at theme parks and families whose loved ones were wrongfully killed in fatal amusement park accidents, our theme park injury attorneys have compiled a list of the top ten theme park safety tips to help keep you and your family safe and make sure you have a great time in our city.
If you were hurt at a theme park, please call our accident lawyers for a free consultation to see how we may be able to help you. If you live outside of the United States, you need local representation from attorneys in Orlando after an amusement park injury. We invite you to call us at (407) 843-7060.
Top 10 Suggested Safety Tips for Theme Parks
- Read that posted signs of each amusement park ride carefully.
Each ride at a theme park has different height, weight and age requirements. There may also be warnings about health concerns, such as flashing lights, or that the ride is not suitable for pregnant theme park guests. Everyone wants to ride all of the rides; however, if you have a health condition that the ride may aggravate, or if you do not meet the posted requirements, plan to skip that ride. The ride operators may provide additional information, which you should listen to in case this additional information may affect you.
- If you see a potential theme park safety hazard, speak up.
If you see something at the park that needs attention, such as a spill that needs cleaned up or if any machinery looks unsafe, find and alert a staff member right away. Whether it is a slip and fall hazard, a broken part on a ride or if something just sounds wrong, it is always better to be safe than sorry – especially when the safety of you, your family and other park visitors are potentially in danger.
- Prepare your kids for what to expect on the theme park ride.
Let your child watch the theme park ride a few times to know what is going to happen before getting on. Children may get scared of a sudden stop and try to get up while on the ride, which could result in a theme park injury. Make sure your child knows where the entrance and exit is on the ride. If your child is too scared to ride, do not force him or her. Make sure your child knows to keep hands and feet inside the ride at all time and to follow any other directions given by the ride operator.
- Make sure the safety devices of the ride work for you (and your child).
Theme park rides may have seat belts, lap bars and other safety equipment that are in working order. Make sure these devices fit properly. If you have any doubts, let the ride operator know immediately and before the ride starts, so that the operator can adjust the safety equipment.
- Have a meeting point in the theme park for you and your family in case of separation.
When you first arrive at the park, set up a meeting point for the whole family in case someone gets lost. This does not apply only to children, as the park can get crowded and it is easy to lose adults, too. Walk children through the process of finding the meeting point and how to ask for help finding it. Take pictures of what everyone is wearing so that you can report them missing, if needed. Put some sort of identification on your child, such as a card with your phone number inside his or her shoe.
- Be careful around animals in the amusement park.
Even though you expect the amusement park to train any animals that are on the premises, many are still wild animals capable of hurting you and your children. Be careful about touching wild animals or getting too close. If you have any doubt about the behavior of an animal, stay away.
- Lifeguards at water parks cannot see everything, everywhere, all the time.
Most lifeguards at water parks are well trained in water safety, first aid, CPR and how to use various life-saving tools, like backboards or defibrillators. However, there can be hundreds to thousands of visitors at a water park at any given time. With lots of rides and activities, the lifeguards cannot and do not always see everything. It is up to parents to keep an eye on their children to prevent accidents and drownings. If you need help, signal a lifeguard.
- Seek medical attention immediately after a theme park accident.
Whether you are hurt on a ride, you slip and fall in the park or you do not feel well after a ride, get medical help. There are often first aid centers throughout the theme park grounds. While these centers may be able to help with minor injuries, the medical personnel can also call an ambulance, if necessary. Do not wait until you get home to get medical help. Timing matters after any injury.
- Go only where you are allowed to go at the amusement park.
All theme parks and water parks have areas that are clearly marked as off-limits to guests. There are reasons that these signs are there and guests need to be careful. These amusement park areas could be very dangerous, particularly to children.
- It is going to be sunny: protect yourself.
Orlando, Florida, has more than 230 sunny days per year. Even in the winter, the average temperature is over 60 degrees with highs closer to 70. Make sure you bring hats, sunglasses as well as sunscreen and reapply it regularly. Dehydration is also a concern, so make sure to stay hydrated while enjoying the amusement park.
The Dangers of Amusement Park Rides
How many theme park visitors are actually hurt on the rides, in the pools, in the restaurants or on the grounds? That is extremely difficult to answer. All of the parks perform their own emergency first aid, and only call on local emergency medical service units to treat serious injuries and transport the patients.
Due to the self-regulation of Orlando theme parks allowed by the Florida Department of Agriculture, the total number of theme park injuries and amusement park accident statistics is unknown.
Free Consultation with an Orlando Amusement Park Accident Attorney
Our Orlando personal injury law firm has accident lawyers who can help you, even if you live outside of the United States. To learn more about what to do after a theme park or roller coaster accident, please call our accident lawyers for a free consultation.