Risks involved with wave pools and preventative measures
Of all water park accident risks, why are wave pools the most dangerous?
According to HealthyChildren.org several factors make it difficult for lifeguards to identify children needing assistance. The main factors are: fast moving water and dense crowds of people.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission indicated that between 2012 and 2021, more than 51,000 injuries occurred in water parks, according to water park reports.
Actions parents should take to prevent waterpark accidents
The following actions can help you make your waterpark outing safer and more enjoyable:
- Wearing life jackets, vests or floaties. First of all, individuals who are not strong swimmers should stay away from wave pools. Otherwise, be sure beginning swimmers wear a life jacket, vest or floaties on their arms. Even if they’re a short distance away from you, it gives them a measure of protection. It helps them pop back up if they submerge. Also, it’s great for riding down a long water slide.
- Keeping constant watch on your children. Have children swim close together so you can keep an eye on them more easily. Watch them constantly and be aware of potential dangers.
- Following the park rules. Rules exist for safety. Certain parks have different rules than others based on their rides. Review the rules with your children before letting them go in the wave pool or on a slide. Common rules include no running or eating in the pool. Other rules may require more discussion so they understand and can follow them.
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