Getting Ready For Summer Vacation? A Report On Amusement Park Dangers

Are you planning to take your kids to an amusement park this summer—well listen up.  According to a story in HealthDay News, more than 4,000 American children are injured on amusement rides each year.

In a study that examined records from a 10 year period, nearly 93,000 kids under the age of 18 were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for amusement-ride-related injuries.  That’s an average of nearly 4,500 injuries per year.

The head and neck region was the most frequently injured, followed by the arms, face and legs. The most common types of injuries were soft tissue, strains and sprains, cuts and broken bones.

The good news is that the percentage of injuries that required hospitalization or was low, suggesting that serious injuries are rare.

Youngsters were most likely to suffer injuries as a result of a fall or by either hitting a part of their body on a ride or being hit by something while riding. The injuries occurred on amusement park rides, mobile rides at fairs and festivals, and rides at malls, stores, restaurants and arcades.

Here are some safety tips from the experts:

Always follow all posted height, weight, age and health restrictions, as well as all loading or seating-order instructions.

Make sure to use safety equipment such as seat belts and safety bars, and keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times.

If you don’t think your child will be able to follow the rules, keep him or her off the ride.

And don’t let your child go on a mall ride if it is over a hard, unpadded surface or if it does not have a child restraint such as a seat belt.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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