Amusement Park Safety:
‘Parents Need to Use Their Own Judgment’
Safe Kids USA Offers Thrill Ride Safety Tips
Every year, nationwide, an estimated 8,000 children ages 14 and under are treated in emergency rooms for injuries involving thrill rides at amusement parks and traveling carnivals; in an average year, three or four die.
Kiddie rides designed for ages 4 and under account for nearly a quarter of amusement park injuries to children. This category includes inflatable attractions such as bounces and slides. “Parents need to use their own judgment. Posted age and height requirements are minimal guidelines,” says Alan Korn, Director of Public Policy and General Counsel for Safe Kids USA.