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More Than 4,000 U.S. Kids Hurt Each Year on Amusement Rides
Date:5/1/2013

fragmented system," study senior author Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy, said in a hospital news release. "A coordinated national system would help us prevent amusement-ride-related injuries through better injury surveillance and more consistent enforcement of standards."

Smith and his colleagues also found that injuries on mall rides are more likely to be head, neck or face injuries; concussions; or cuts than injuries on fixed or mobile rides. Nearly three-fourths of injuries on mall rides occurred when a child fell in, on, off or against the ride. The researchers noted that mall rides often are located above hard surfaces and may not have child restraints.

"Injuries from smaller amusement rides located in malls, stores, restaurants and arcades are typically given less attention by legal and public health professionals than injuries from larger amusement park rides, yet our study showed that in the U.S. a child is treated in an emergency department, on average, every day for an injury from an amusement ride located in a mall, store, restaurant or arcade," said Smith, who also is a professor of pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. "We need to raise awareness of this issue, and determine the best way to prevent injuries from these types of rides."

Smith and his colleagues offered the following amusement-ride safety tips:

  • Always follow all posted height, weight, age and health restrictions, as well as all loading or seating-order instructions.
  • Always use safety equipment such as seat belts and safety bars, and keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times.
  • If you don't think your child will be able to follow the rules, keep him or her off the ride. If you are worried about the safety of a ride, don't let your child go on it.
  • Do not let your child go on a mall ride if it is over a hard, unpadded surface or if it does not have a child restra
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