Summer Nightmare: Amusement Rides Send Kids to the ER
Amusement parks and fairs have always been part of summer. A new study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that on average, kids ended up in the emergency room every other hour after riding amusement park rides.
According to Center’s report,
Researchers found that from 1990 to 2010, 92,885 children under the age of 18 years were treated in United States emergency departments for amusement ride-related injuries for an average of 4,423 injuries each year. More than 70 percent of the injuries occurred during the warm summer months of May through September—equating to more than 20 injuries a day during these months.
Most of these injuries come from falls, or from riders hitting parts of their bodies on rides as it was moving. The good news is the majority of these injuries didn’t require hospitalization, though the rates of hospitalization increased dramatically during the summer months. According to the study’s leader, “Although the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has jurisdiction over mobile rides, regulation of fixed-site rides is currently left to state or local governments leading to a fragmented system.” He hopes his research will lead to a more organized system used across the country. Until then, be sure to follow the height, age and health requirements at amusement parks, use all the restraints, and if it doesn’t look safe, skip it.