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Health Tip: Stay Safe at the Amusement Park

Suggestions for a fun ride

(HealthDay News) -- It's difficult to find a more enjoyable activity for children than a day at the amusement park.

To help keep it that way, Saferparks.org offers these safety suggestions:

  • Watch as much of the ride as possible before deciding whether it's safe for your child. Don't base your decision solely on the ride's signs and height limits.
  • Never let your child go on a ride if the child's age, height, weight or health problems suggest the ride isn't suitable for the child.
  • Never allow children to go on a ride that frightens them.
  • Make sure you use safety belts and lap bars, and make sure your child knows to stay seated at all times.
  • Make sure that your child sits on the safest part of the ride (follow loading instructions) and that the child's hands, feet and head stay inside the seat or car.
  • Tell your child what to do in case he or she is lost or separated from you. On arrival at the park, point out uniformed park employees and tell the children to seek them out for help.
  • Follow your instinct about what's safe for your child.
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