(CNN) – Tough news for any parents to hear children in two states killed or seriously injured at amusement parks. Are such tragedies just the tip of the iceberg however?
Amusement parks are in the spotlight after recent tragedies involving children. Such entertainment centers are a beloved warm-weather month’s tradition for kids, but how many end up injured?
A 2013 study from nationwide children’s hospital broke down federal data. Researchers found from 1990 to 2010, an average of more than 44-hundred children a year ended up in emergency rooms.
Most of the injuries occurred during the summer, when amusement parks or state fairs are in full swing. The study’s authors had these tips for parents to keep children safe at theme parks.
- Always follow all posted height, age, weight and health restrictions.
- Follow any special seating order and/or loading instructions.
- If you think your child might have problems obeying the rules, keep them off the ride.
Currently fixed ride safety is the responsibility of state and local governments. The study’s authors say a coordinated national system would work better.