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Amusement parks: Know what to look for before you ride

The list of accidents that has occurred at amusement parks is on the rise, and that's a concern for many singles, parents and children. A report on July 17 talks about the most recent tragedy, a roller coaster collision that happened in Spain. That collision resulted in 33 people suffering injuries.

In New York, a teen fell 25 feet out of a gondola ride in June. In May, a 10-year-old child went over the side of a waterslide in California. Fortunately, neither was seriously hurt, but it does point out the issue with safety at amusement parks. Between falls, scrapes, shocks and lacerations, roller coasters and other rides can be hazardous. Hospital data from 1990 through 2010 shows that around 12 children are treated in the emergency room every day as a result of injuries they suffered at local amusement parks.

How safe are you if you decide to go to an amusement park? It's better not to use that word at all, but instead to talk about the precautions taken to make the ride as secure and stable as possible. No rider is guaranteed safe, but rides should be an acceptable risk.

Of course, it is probable that someone will get hurt at an amusement park just because of the number of people who go to them and use the rides each year. For the most part, major companies like Disney and Six Flags have so many staff members and engineers on site that rides will be inspected and okay to ride. It's important that the person operating the ride is trained correctly and that the ride has been properly maintained. Only those above the height restrictions should be allowed on the ride, and the weight limits should not be surpassed.

Source: TIME, "A Growing List of Accidents Is Putting Safety at Amusement Parks Under the Spotlight," Kevin Lui, July 17, 2017

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