Summer Safety: Carnival Ride Inspections

The National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials said that the vast majority of accidents are caused by the riders themselves.

"Generally speaking, mobile rides are safe," a spokesperson said. "Eighty-five percent of the accidents are caused by unsafe acts on the part of the rider or patron. The majority of ride operators today are very safety conscious."

What You Can Do to Stay Safe

Because some of the responsibility falls on riders to stay safe, here are a few things you can do.

Go on a weekday.

Try to go to the carnival on a weekday instead of nights or weekends, when it's more crowded and chaotic and more likely for accidents to happen.

Wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Don't wear any clothing that dangles or drags and wear sturdy shoes -- no flip-flops.

Seat belt should be snug, but not tight.

Adjust your seat belt so it's nice and snug but not tight.

Keep arms, legs, head inside compartment.

Follow instructions about keeping your arms, legs and head inside the compartment.

Make sure ride has ended before exiting.

Keep in mind that many accidents happen when the ride is over and you're trying to get off. Problem is, often the ride really hasn't ended and people start to get out and then get struck. Make sure the ride operator has told you it's time for you to get out.

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