Water parks are a great way to let off steam, have some fun, and cool off during the dog days of summer, but they’re not without risk. Any number of factors can contribute to minor, or severe injuries, including employee error, equipment malfunction, inadequate safety practices, and more. If you are injured at a water park, be sure to speak with a personal injury attorney in Las Vegas as soon as you can. Review these water park safety tips to help minimize your risk of injury, and maximize your chances of fun.
- Dress for success. Prolonged exposure to heat, or sun, can leave you dehydrated, and increases your risk of heatstroke or sunburn. Be sure to dress appropriately during time spent out of the water, with a hat, sunglasses, UV protected clothing, and water shoes to help you get a grip on slippery surfaces.
- Drink up. Begin hydrating before you reach the park, and continue to drink more water while you’re there. The combination of sun, exercise, and heat can deplete your body of moisture, adding to the risk of dehydration or heatstroke.
- Think ahead. Sunscreen is most effective when applied at least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure, and needs to be reapplied throughout the day in accordance with directions on the bottle. Waterproof sunscreen may need to be reapplied more frequently, particularly if you use a towel each time you leave the water.
- Slow down. Implement a no running policy while at the water park, to lessen the risks of falling on wet or slippery surfaces.
- Be vigilant. Don’t lose sight of your children, whether they are in or out of the water. While lifeguards are trained to handle emergencies, it’s best to avoid them before they occur, and in a large crowd, it can be easy to miss a small child in distress.
- Use common sense. If you or your children mention being too hot or cold, or you notice anyone getting tired, take a break, move in to the shade, or pack up for the day and head home.
- Act your age. Most water parks accommodate visitors of all ages, including shallow areas for toddlers, or young children, which may be more suitable than a larger pool or water slides.
- Do your research. Read all signage and literature pertaining to the water park, and follow all posted rules and precautions, including those pertaining to ability, age, and height restrictions.