British Columbia Safety Authority

British Columbia Safety Authority

May 09, 2011 12:06 ET

BC Safety Authority: Stay Safe on Amusement Rides This Summer

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) - Whether you're taking a spin on a traditional carousel or a scream-inducing drop on a roller coaster, the BC Safety Authority (BCSA) would like to remind everyone to follow safety rules to help ensure an incident-free experience.

"The best way to stay safe on amusement rides this summer is to pay attention to safety reminders and always use the rides properly," says Jason Gill, the provincial amusement rides safety manager for the BC Safety Authority. "Think of your safety, even while you're having fun – everyone needs to work together to prevent accidents."

The BC Safety Authority regulates the amusement rides and devices industry in British Columbia and promotes compliance by operators to ensure that rides are installed and operated according to provincial regulations and codes.

Here are some safety tips from the BCSA – keep them in mind when going on a ride:

Follow the rules: The rules of operation, and any age, height or weight restrictions are posted at every ride. Please read and follow them – they are there for your safety.

Stay seated and hold on: Remain seated for the duration of the ride. Your hands are for holding on to the safety bar, handholds, or lap bars during the entire ride. Keep them inside the ride at all times. (That goes for your legs and feet as well.) Never try to open or unfasten the ride restraining device during the ride.

If it's loose, you'll lose it: Do not bring any loose articles – such as purses, bags, cell phones, cameras, backpacks, or jackets – with you on the ride. Chances are you'll lose them. Leave them on the ground with a trusted friend or family member.

Your health comes first: Many rides can aggravate a pre-existing medical condition. If you suffer from motion sickness, seizures, dizziness, have a heart condition, high blood pressure, a neck or back disorder, or if you are pregnant always make sure you read the rider restrictions posted on the ride or ask the operator if you are not sure if the ride will aggravate any medical condition.

It's okay to be scared: Some people – whatever their age – are frightened by rides. If you are a parent, please don't make your child go on a ride if he or she is scared as there have been instances of children attempting to exit rides prematurely. You can also help keep your child safe by following any posted age, height or weight restrictions.

The British Columbia Safety Authority keeps people safe by mandating the safe installation and use of technical equipment. BCSA also issues permits and licences, educates, and conducts on-site inspections in high-risk situations.

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