Multiple children were hurt on Sunday when a swing ride at the Norwalk Oyster Festival lost power, causing riders to crash into each other. WTNH reports that eighteen children were injured when the ‘Zumur’ ride lost power. The circular motion of the ride suddenly stopped, causing the chairs of the ride to collide with one another. So how do you make sure your family is safe at a carnival or festival?
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers have put together this list of nine safety tips for festival rides. Use these tips to help keep your children safe as they have fun on amusement rides.
Be a cautious consumer
Use the same judgment to select rides that you would for selecting toys or food for your children.
Watch the ride before boarding
Read the warning signs out loud, explain to children how the ride works.
- Obey height, age, weight and health restrictions
Don’t put children on rides they are scared of
Some injuries are a result of children getting off while the riding is moving because they are frightened.
- Follow any special instructions about seating order or loading
Always use the safety equipment provided, but be aware of its limitations
If a lap bar doesn’t fit closely, a fast-moving ride can cause a child to slip completely out from underneath the bar. Make sure the lap bar is snug. If it can’t be adjusted, take your child off the ride.
Watch all extremities
Excited children may stick hands, arms, feet or heads out the sides of amusement rides. Load children to the inside, away from open doorways, or on the side closest to the ride operator.
Make sure children know what to do if they get separated from you
Chose a landmark or point out a ride attendant.
Trust your gut
Remember that amusement rides aren’t really magic. You’re loading very young children onto heavy machinery and exposing them to water hazards at water parks.
If your child was hurt in an accident at a festival or carnival, the Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers want to help. We’re available to answer all of your legal questions, and help all accident victims get the compensation they deserve.