Safety Tips

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    Learn About Ride Safety
    Most amusement ride injuries can be prevented if you know what to watch out for.
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  • Dynamic amusement ride
    Respect the Forces
    Amusement rides expose a broad variety of human beings to extremes of position, velocity, acceleration, and jerk.
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  • Toddler riding with an adult
    Watch Children Carefully
    Amusement rides are fun and exciting, but they can also pose risks to young children.
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  • Safety first: It begins with me!
    Attention Matters and So Do the Rules
    Beware of patron daze, rule fudging, wiggle worms and horseplay.
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  • Father and child riding amusement ride
    Top 10 Tips for Parents
    Treat amusement ride safety seriously, just like traffic safety, water safety, and bike safety.
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  • Upside down on a roller coaster
    Wild Rides
    Fast Cars and Wild Rides: Whiplash, Headbanging, and Sqeezeplays.
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    Containment and Restraint
    Containment and restraint can be affected by patron size, position, and behavior, as well as acceleration.
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    Physiological Effects of Acceleration
    Factors that may affect your tolerance to amusement ride acceleration.
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  • Girls in an amusement ride
    Safest Riding Position for Kids
    Kids need a stable riding position to safely handle the motion and intensity of amusement rides.
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  • Mother teaching her child how to ride amusement rides safely
    Teach Kids to Ride Safely
    Use the 3 R's of Ride Safety to prepare kids for the unusual experiences they'll encounter at carnivals and amusement parks.
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  • Boy next to height limit measure
    Minimum Height Restrictions
    For some kids on some rides, minimum height limits set by manufacturers may be too low for safety.
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  • Toddler riding a kiddie coaster
    Should Kids Ride Without an Adult?
    Be cautious when deciding whether your child is really old enough to ride alone.
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    Patrons with Disabilities
    When choosing rides for people with disabilities, be conservative and realistic.
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    Patron-directed Rides and Devices
    Injuries are more common on patron-directed amusement rides and attractions.
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  • Boy in elephant ride
    Rides May Lack Child Restraints
    Child-resistant restraints are not mandatory on most amusement rides approved for use by small children.
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  • Riders of different sizes on Sizzler amusement ride
    One-size-fits-all Ride Design
    Ride-related accidents can be caused by a poor fit between the patron and the ride.
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    Patron Age and Health
    Older riders and people with pre-existing medical conditions may be at higher risk of injury on some types of rides.
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    Equipment Failure
    If a ride looks rickety or poorly maintained, avoid it.
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  • Boy screaming on roller coaster
    Intensity of Motion and Emotion
    Some rides may be too intense for some riders.
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    Operational Issues
    Who's running the rides and are they paying attention to safety?
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