Just a few days ago, a family was devastated by the loss of their 10-year-old son, who was killed in a tragic accident on a 17-story water slide at a Kansas water park. The cause of the death is currently under investigation, but it is being treated as an unfortunate accident. In the wake of such an accident, we should all be concerned with amusement park safety, especially in a culture that wants everything to be the “biggest,” “tallest,” and “fastest.” While many people are aware of the risks they assume when they enter an amusement park, many more feel a false sense of security that there is nothing that can possibly go wrong in a place that is meant for family fun.
In the interest of helping you keep your family safe this summer, here is a list of safety tips that you should observe at water parks:
- The most obvious risk at a water park is the risk of drowning. Weak swimmers and young children should wear a well-fitting life vest and should be supervised while in the water.
- Parents need to make sure no child is left unattended at any time. The buddy system helps account for where each member of your party is at all times.
- To avoid painful sunburn, apply sunscreen regularly throughout the day and wear protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts, hats, etc.
- Be aware of the location of lifeguards and follow any instructions they give you. If a lifeguard isn’t present, it may be a good time to take a break from the water.
- The risk of dehydration is very high in the summer months. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day (water is best – avoid caffeine or high sugar beverages).
- Read ALL posted signs around the park and follow rules that are made explicit.
- Listen to amusement park staff and respect any gates or barriers.
In addition to these tips, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the U.S. recommends that all swimmers be vigilant in following three basic guidelines to prevent disease transmission:
- Do not swim if you have diarrhea. This is especially important for children in diapers.
- Do not swallow the pool water. Try to avoid getting water in your mouth if possible.
- Practice good hygiene and shower before swimming. Also, wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet or changing diapers.
The CDC also advises that parents with young children take their children to the bathroom often throughout the day, and change diapers in a bathroom away from a pool to avoid spreading germs.
We hope that you find these tips helpful and that you enjoy a safe and fun summer with your family. If you are in need of legal guidance after a preventable amusement park accident, please contact a Miami personal injury lawyer at Freidin Brown, P.A. to request a free consultation. We can be reached at (888) 650-0918.