When it comes to water safety, never forget the importance of height restrictions on water rides at amusement parks. In the past, we’ve written about the dangers of pool slides. Today’s post is a bit more specific. Read on to learn more.
Safety First: Understanding the Importance of Height Restrictions on Water Rides
Amusement parks and water parks are lots of fun for folks of all ages. That said, the thrill of the ride could also lead to accidents and injuries. According to data from Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were 1,299 injuries from amusement park accidents in 2019 in the United States. Obviously, the thrill of the slides and rides is part of the fun. That said, there is also a serious reason to consider special precautions.
As implied above, this is why amusement parks have implemented safety regulations and guidelines. While fun, these establishments wish to ensure the safety of their visitors. To this point, height and weight restrictions on water rides help to keep guests safe.
Height Restrictions on Water Rides
Height restrictions on water rides are put in place to ensure that riders are safe. Without height and weight restrictions, there's a risk that people who are too small or large for a ride may fall out, break bones or get stuck. This can result in serious injuries or even death.
By enforcing height restrictions, amusement parks can help to prevent accidents from happening and can ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. Otherwise, there is always a risk of tragedy. As an example, here’s a news story about an accident on the world’s tallest water slide:
Each Ride or Slide is Specifically Designed
Another reason for having height and weight restrictions is to ensure that the ride operates correctly. Each water ride has been designed to function in a specific way. If too much weight is added to a ride, it can cause the ride to malfunction and potentially cause an accident. By enforcing regulations, amusement parks can help prevent any unforeseen mishaps.
Height restrictions in water rides are important because they help to prevent riders from hitting their heads or other body parts on the ride's structure. Most water rides are designed with specific clearances in mind, and riders who are too tall may be at risk of hitting their heads on a structure or becoming stuck in a tight space. By enforcing height restrictions, amusement parks can ensure that riders are not put at risk of injury.
Another important reason to have height restrictions on water rides is to prevent riders from experiencing discomfort or pain. Water rides are designed to be fun and exciting, but they can also be uncomfortable if the rider is not the right size.
Amusement parks and splash pads take the safety of their visitors seriously and by following these guidelines, everyone can enjoy a fun and safe day at the park.