Pennsylvania safety tips are good advice for everyone

By | June 5, 2012

Erie, Pa. — As the state of Pennsylvania celebrates ride safety week June 3–9, Agriculture Secretary George Greig offered amusement ride safety tips during a visit to Waldameer Park & Water World.

“Everyone should take precautions to ensure each ride experience is a safe one,” Greig said. “Take fun seriously and make safety the most important part of your family outing, especially when your fun involves amusement rides and attractions.”

Greig offered the following safety tips to riders:

  • Look for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania registration plate on the ride and the public notice sign verifying it has been inspected according to Pennsylvania Amusement Ride Safety Act standards.
  • Before getting in line for the ride, check and follow boarding restrictions, including those for medical concerns, height and weight.
  • Listen carefully to all instructions. Operators are trained to keep riders safe. Make sure ride operators are alert. Never board a ride if the operator appears to be inattentive.
  • Stay in to stay safe. Keep your arms, hands, feet and legs inside the ride at all times. Always remain on the ride until it comes to a complete stop. Use shoulder harnesses, seat belts, lap bars or chains appropriately.
  • Stop riding before you get tired. Tired riders are more likely to be injured than alert riders.
  • Stay hydrated. Not drinking enough water can increase your risk of injury or illness on some rides.
  • When riding with or assisting a child, know their capabilities and take an active role in determining whether a ride is appropriate. Instruct your child on acceptable ride behavior before boarding. Always supervise your child on a ride. Ask the operator to stop the ride if you see that your child is crying or shows any other signs of distress.

The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards registers more than 8,700 amusement rides and attractions – more than any other state or foreign country – and certifies and trains the state’s nearly 1,300 private industry inspectors.

The advice presented to the citizens of Pennsylvania is appropriate for park guests in any state or any country.