Emergencies happen everywhere, which you prepare for all the time when you are a parent. However, what about times when you least expect it, such as when you are enjoying your day with the family at an amusement park? What do you do when you suddenly turn around and your child is no longer there? We know and understand what to do in many emergencies, but it’s possible that we don’t have a game plan for when the unexpected happens out in public.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) believes in setting a firm emergency communication plan, no matter what the emergency. They deal strictly with emergencies on a disaster level, such as if a hurricane is headed your way. However, we can relate to this information even when we are out in public somewhere as simple as at an amusement park. If you have a small child with you and you become separated, you know that there is a likelihood that somebody could be leaving with your child and that is a horror that no parent wants to experience.
On the FEMA plan website, they state that information collection is one of the most important steps you can take. Perhaps you could put a sheet of paper in your child’s pocket in case they become separated that has all of your important information on it so that you can be located. It could include your cell phone number so that they can call you at the park, email, and medical facilities in case there is an emergency, and more.
More Safety at Parks
Here are some more tips for keeping your child safe at an amusement park, especially in the event that you become separated from them:
- Talk to your family beforehand about what you should do if they become separated from you. Remember to remind them that, if they become lost, stay put and do not panic or wander. Attempt to find a worker around the area in which you are lost.
- Bring a family photo along so that you can show it to park security if your child becomes lost.
- Tattoo your child by taking a marker and writing your phone number right on their skin.
- Locate the park’s information centers right when you arrive at the park so that you know what to do in the event of an emergency.
- Do something to distinguish yourself from others, such as carrying around a balloon or tying something bright to your child’s stroller.
The Reality of Amusement Park Injuries
Amusement parks can be an inherently dangerous place because there are many elements that could cause injury that you may not expect. According to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were 8,800 people injured on amusement park rides in 2006 alone! Children unfortunately represent about one half of those injured on rides. There are many accidents that could occur on rides including head and back injuries from whipping bumper cars, death when a child is thrown from a ride, stroke or trauma to neck ligaments, traumatic brain injuries from rapid speeds, brain aneurysms from roller coasters, and drowning on river rides. Because of the nature of some of these injuries, you want to do anything you can to protect your children on what is supposed to be a fun day. Call us today if you have more information regarding a case from an amusement park. At Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, we care about you and your family.