Safe Kids Kansas

Preventing Accidental Injury.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461


Amusement Park Safety: 'Parents need to use their own judgment'

Safe Kids Kansas 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 Jan Stegelman, Safe Kids Kansas coordinator.

“Follow the rules,” says Stegelman. “If a ride operator tells you to keep your hands and feet inside the car, to hold the handrail or to remain seated, there’s a good reason.”

Parents and caregivers need to decide whether their children are capable of sitting properly on a ride and following the operator’s instructions.

In addition, Safe Kids Kansas reminds parents:

For additional information about amusement park safety, visit www.usa.safekids.org.

Safe Kids Kansas, Inc. is a nonprofit Coalition of 67 statewide organizations and businesses dedicated to preventing accidental injuries to Kansas children ages 0-14. Local coalitions and chapters are located in Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Clay, Coffey, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Ellis, Finney, Ford, Franklin, Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Mitchell, Montgomery, Osage, Pottawatomie, Republic, Rice, Riley, Saline, Smith, Shawnee, Wilson and Woodson Counties, as well as the cities of Chanute, Emporia, Leavenworth, Pittsburg, the Wichita Area and the Metro Kansas City Area. Safe Kids Kansas a member of Safe Kids Worldwide , a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. The lead agency for Safe Kids Kansas is the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

www.safekidskansas.org