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Staying Safe at Water Parks


This time of year is the time for back to school shopping trips for everything from colored pencils to locker decorations, meaning it’s almost time to say goodbye to summertime relaxation. However, the heat of summer isn’t gone yet and for this reason, water parks are a popular late summer destination for many families. After all, South Floridians know the trick to surviving hot days is keeping cool.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel recently published an article spotlighting a list of South Florida’s best pools, splash parks and water parks. The article included many details about unique attractions, associated costs, and hours of operation at each respective location. However, and unfortunately, families have more to worry about at water parks than beating the heat.

How Dangerous Can Water Parks Be?

Regardless of how safe water parks may seem, dangers lurk in the appealing slides and wave pools. According to the National Safety Council, an average of ten people die from drowning every day in the United States, not including those that occur because of boating accidents. There are a number of factors that can contribute to injuries at a water park including everything from employee error to inadequate safety practices. Fortunately, there are water park safety tips that can help minimize the risk of injury and maximize the chances of fun.

What Are Safety Tips to Help Avoid Danger?

  • Dress appropriately. Keep in mind that prolonged exposure to heat and the sun can leave you dehydrated and increases your risk of heatstroke or sunburn. Make sure you wear a hat, sunglasses, UV protected clothing, and water shoes to help you get a grip on slippery surfaces.
  • Stay hydrated. Start drinking water before you leave home and continue to drink more water after you get to the park so that you can give yourself and your loved ones the best chance of avoiding the risk of dehydration or heatstroke.
  • Use common sense. Use sunscreen throughout your park visit, move into the shade if you or your children seem to be too hot, and don’t lose sight of your children, whether they are in or out of the water.
  • Follow the rules. Implement a no running policy while at the water park. Additionally, follow posted rules and precautions, including those pertaining to ability, age, and height restrictions. The rules are there for a reason and this is one of the best ways to help avoid a medical emergency.

Have You or Your Loved One Been Injured?

Everything from poor maintenance to slips and falls can turn a recreational trip to the water park into a hospital visit. If you or your children were injured during a recent water park visit, it can be devastating on many levels. In addition to dealing with your own injuries, it is even more difficult to have to deal with the injuries and rehabilitation your little one is facing to recover. If you are in this situation, you need competent legal help from a legal team that is experienced in handling claims like yours. The West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at The Pendas Law Firm have helped many people who have been injured because of someone else’s negligence and we are here to help you be successful with your claim. Contact us for help today.

The Pendas Law Firm also represents clients in the Orlando, Tampa, Bradenton, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville and Daytona Beach areas.




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