Even thought the weather here in the northeast US has been uncommonly chilly the last few days, I know that the warm summer will be here before you know it. Along with that comes a variety of county fairs and festivals and day trips to amusement parks. My husband and I always try to take the grand kids to some because we all enjoy them so much. The kids of course love looking at all the 4H animals sand exhibits but equally enjoy the rides. Although I personally do not like to go on rides, I do let the five year old go on a carefully selected few. Yesterday, in my local paper, there was an eye opening article about "kiddie rides." According to this Scripps Howard News Service article, more than 92,000 children under the age of 18 were treated in emergency rooms from 1990-2010 as reported in the Journal Clinical Pediatrics. On average, every three days during the months of May through September, the injuries sustained required hospitalization. So, here is a list of rules to consider when enjoying amusement park rides:
A. Follow all age, height, weight and health restrictions
B. Avoid mall or arcade rides if they're on a hard surface or don't have safety requirements.
C. Make sure children use safety bars and seat belts and keep their hands and feet inside the ride.
D. Be sure your child is mature enough to follow the rules on any ride. Otherwise, keep him or her off the equipment and do something else.
Don't spoil a family outing with an accidental injury. Have fun and enjoy every minute.