- A study says more than 4,000 children are hurt on amusement rides annually in the United States
- There is currently no federal agency regulating fixed-site rides in amusement parks
This story was originally published on CNN.com in 2013.
(CNN)From carousels to roller coasters, part of summer fun for many kids is a trip to the local carnival or a nearby amusement park. But experts are warning that children need to be supervised on rides because of the risk of injuries.
Amusement injuries in recent years
Oversight needed but hard to achieve
How to keep your children safe
- Always follow all posted height, age, weight and health restrictions.
- Make sure to follow any special seating order and/or loading instructions.
- Always use safety equipment such as seat belts and safety bars.
- Make sure children keep hands and feet inside the ride at all times.
- Know your child. If you don't think he/she will be able to follow the rules, keep him/her off the ride.
- Trust your instincts. If you are worried about the safety of the ride, choose a different activity.
- Avoid "mall rides" if they are over a hard, unpadded surface or if they don't have a child restraint such as a seat belt.