5 Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe on Roller Coasters and Thrill Rides

Before you head through those amusement park gates, check out these essential safety tips

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If summertime means thrill-seeking roller coasters to test your limits with their twists and turns, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind for your family before heading through the amusement park gates.

From Ferris wheels to free-fall drops to spinning swings, rides can be thrilling, but most of the sensation is a clever illusion, says Kathryn Woodcock, an amusement ride expert at Ryerson University in Toronto in a press release. But there are a few things to keep in mind before buckling in your younger kids.

Tips for parents:

1. Height requirements are aimed to filter out children too young for the intensity of the ride, or who may not have the muscle strength to endure its forces. If children are tall for their age, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are ready for certain rides.

2. When seated on a ride, make sure a younger child is accompanied by a person mature enough to handle emergency situations.

3. Obey the rules of the ride, and listen to ride operators. One way to spoil the fun of the day is to put a child on a ride that is too mature for them, which can lead to panic.

4. If something seems wrong with the ride, such as a lap bar not latching properly or brakes not holding well, let the operator know right away.

5. While “bouncy castles” and inflatable slides seem harmless enough, they can cause injuries and fractures. Check to make sure they are adequately supervised, properly installed, and secured to the ground.

For more tips, visit the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions website. And check out our tips for keeping kids safe at the water park this summer, too.

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