Tag: Safety

10 Tips to Stay Safe on Amusement Rides

A few years ago, a 3-year-old boy died of head injuries from a roller coaster in Illinois. He managed to get underneath the safety bar and slip out of the ride while it was in motion. What steps can be taken to keep your child safe at the amusement park?

  1. Look for the Safety Equipment Limitations– Amusement rides are neither childproof or child-safe, as there are not mandatory federal standards for the design of amusement park rides. Many safety devices used on children amusement rides aren’t designed to keep young children in their seats.
  2. Discuss the ride with your child– Let them know what they’re up for and what may happen during the ride. It is important to let them know to stay seated, even it gets scary!
  3. Always obey the minimum height/weight/age regulation– Requirements are there for a reason!
  4. Don’t put children on rides that could scare them– When asked, the number one thing a child will do if he/she gets scared is “get off the ride.”
  5. Follow special instructions for loading or seating– Sometime’s there are safer spots for children to sit, i.e. spinning rides.
  6. Never seat your child on your lap with rides that twist or have restraints– If the ride takes an unexpected turn or twist, your child could slip out of your hands and off the ride.
  7. Stay cool and don’t get sun-burned
  8. Tell your kids what to do if you ever get separated– Have your kid have some sort of physical ID and carry a photo of them in your wallet. Teach your kid to drop to the ground and scream loudly if someone is trying to take them. If you have the money, there are “child locator GPS” you can buy.
  9. Know your limits– If you get easily car-sick in the back of a vehicle, then don’t get in the back of a ride! Also, most people that do better at amusement parks eat and drink in small amounts throughout the day.
  10. Keep in contact with your kids if they decide to go to another ride– Stay in contact via cell phone and have designated meeting spots.

How to Drive in the Rain

On Friday, December 17, I was told that Los Angeles County averaged 1 car accident per minute. I didn’t really believe this until about 20 seconds later, when I saw another car accident on the freeway. I figured it would then be a good idea to post our first blog on How to Drive in the Rain:

Roads are most dangerous during new rainfall. Grease and engine oil build up on the road over time, and when mixed with water, roads will become increasingly slippery. The first couple of hours of new rainfall can be the most dangerous for drivers.

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