Summer has arrived and it is important to remember that although amusement rides continue to be a thrill for Hoosiers of all ages, riders need to remain informed about ride safety.

“If there is any concern over a ride’s safety, alert the ride operator and do not board the ride,” said John Erickson, Director of Public Information for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS). “When standing in line for a ride, look for any issues that could make the ride unsafe.”

Most amusement rides are safe, but Hoosiers should always observe a ride before boarding to ensure there are no broken parts, improper maintenance or operating problems. If a problem is noticed, express the safety concern to the ride’s operator.

If there is still a concern after the ride operator has been alerted, it should be reported to the ride company’s management, then the venue. An inattentive ride operator should also be reported.

If safety concerns remain unresolved or problems with multiple rides at a venue are noticed, Hoosiers should contact the state’s ride safety hotline at 1-888-203-5020 or email rides@dhs.in.gov.

Additional amusement ride safety tips from IDHS:
Read all posted rules and listen to instructions given by ride operators.

Watch the ride with children before boarding. Point out the operator and the entrance and exit locations prior to riding. Make sure children understand the instructions and warnings fully.

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.

If children are unable to stay seated with hands and feet inside, don’t let them ride.

Keep all body parts (hands, arms, legs, long hair, etc.) inside the ride at all times. Keep long hair pulled up with a hat or hair tie.

Always use the safety equipment provided (seat belt, shoulder harness, lap bar, etc.).

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 further instructions.

Be aware of personal and family physical conditions and health limitations. Do not board a ride or allow children to do so if the ride may aggravate a pre-existing condition.

For more information on amusement ride safety, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.

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