Amusement Park Survival Guide
How to have amusement park fun and avoid injury.
Limit the Number of Extreme Rides You Go On
You should also limit the number of thrill rides you or your
kids go on, and take breaks between rides. Fackler says there is even research
that shows that going on rides repetitively can put you at higher risk for
Bring comfortable clothing and shoes, says James Hubbard, MD,
MPH, who is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Family Doctor: A Magazine
That Makes Housecalls. Wear closed-toe shoes to protect your feet during
rides. "Remember that you are spending the day around industrial
machinery," says Fackler. This means you should put your hair up, and avoid
wearing anything dangly -- scarves, drawstrings, or long necklaces, for
example. Dress in light-colored clothing to avoid overheating.
Be Careful on Water Rides
Be especially careful on water rides, which aren't regulated at
the federal level. You need to teach children not to stop in the middle of a
slide, for example, which may cause serious neck injuries, says Fackler. Your
child should also be big enough to maintain all of the necessary positions
recommended for a ride. As a general rule, be conservative when you are unsure
if a ride is safe.
Bring a First Aid Kit
It's not uncommon for people, especially younger kids, to take
a fall at an amusement park. Tell your kids not to run, and if you're armed
with a first aid kit, you will be able to manage minor cuts and bruises. Pack
any medications, or emergency supplies -- say, for a kid with an allergy or
chronic ailment -- and carry the kit with you in the park.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and in between going
on rides. "If the temperature is above 90 degrees and the humidity is above
35%, it is difficult for your body to get rid of heat," says Hubbard. This
makes hydration especially important. "Children tend to sweat a little less
than adults, and they produce more heat. Make sure your child is hydrated
before they go out," says Hubbard. Have your children drink liquids all day
long, but avoid caffeinated and high-calorie beverages, and opt for water or
sports drinks instead.