I tend to cling to the phrase, “Better safe than sorry.” Although my children don’t require hand holding any longer, I will always be thinking about their safety and reminding them to make safe decisions.
The Lodi Grape Festival is an event that my children eagerly anticipate every year, but with this event comes the importance of keeping a watchful eye on surroundings. Whether it’s a fight or an unsafe ride, we all need to keep watch and avoid dangerous situations.
If you are attending with small children, make sure you have a meeting spot in case they get lost.
Here are some tips from the Journal Gazette:
Amusement Ride Safety Tips
- Don’t board a ride if you see broken parts, signs of improper maintenance, or an inattentive operator. Report your observations to the ride operator or notify a fair official.
- Read all posted rules and listen to instructions given by ride operators.
- Watch the ride with your child before boarding. Point out the operator and the entrance and exit locations prior to riding. Make sure they understand the instructions and warnings fully.
- Keep all body parts (hands, arms, legs, long hair, etc.) inside the ride at all times. If you have long hair, keep it pulled up with a hat or hair tie.
- If you can’t count on your child to stay seated with hands and feet inside, don’t let them ride.
- Always use the safety equipment provided (seat belt, shoulder harness, lap bar, etc.).
- Obey minimum height, age, and weight restrictions. Never sneak children onto rides if they are too small or too young. A smaller/younger child may not be physically or developmentally able to stay safely seated.
- Remain in the ride until it comes to a complete stop at the unloading point. If a ride stops temporarily due to mechanical failure or other reasons, stay seated and wait for an operator to give you further instructions.
- Know your physical conditions and limitations. If you suspect that your health could be at risk for any reason, or you could aggravate a pre-existing condition of any kind, do not ride.