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When the heat kicks in and the summer holidays are in full gear, the local waterparks become the most popular spot in the city. There’s no denying that the water attractions, fun rides, lazy rivers, and wave pools are a great way to stay cool and have some fun with your kids during the summer days. But if you’re not careful, a whole lot can go wrong at the waterpark.
There are a number of parks across Ontario that have faced charges relating to safety violations in the past, which is why it’s essential that you take the safety of your kids into account when visiting. If you plan on taking your kids to the water park this summer, consider these five precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.
If your children plan on using the wave pool or the lazy river, make sure they wear a lifejacket at all times. This will help to prevent their from heads going underwater if a big wave overtakes them or if the tube capsizes.
You shouldn’t rely on lifeguards to enforce park guidelines. They’re often too busy scanning the water to check that each child exceeds the posted height and weight restrictions. It’s up to you, the parent, to learn all the park rules and to ensure that these guidelines are followed. So make sure you take the time to read all the signs and park rules before letting your child access any of the rides or pools.
You should always know where your kids are at all times, even if there is a lifeguard on duty. The lifeguards are responsible for large areas, so it’s possible for them to miss an incident like your kid getting caught under a floatie or being pulled underwater by another swimmer. Never let your kids leave your view and always stay close enough that you could jump in and assist if need be.
Being in the sun all day can quickly lead to dehydration. And it’s highly unlikely that your child will tell you if they’re feeling sick or dizzy in fear that you’ll make them go home. So it’s important to know what the telltale signs are when your kid is on the verge of dehydration — confusion, dizziness, rapid breathing, irritability or sunken eyes. If you notice any of these symptoms during your visit, make sure to get them into a cool, shady area and give them plenty of water. If the symptoms persist, make sure to have them seen to by a doctor.
There’s a lot of potential safety hazards at the waterpark. To prevent minor injuries like slips and falls and stubbed toes, get your child some rubber water shoes that can protect your child when walking on the slippery pavement. Wearing protective water shoes can also help prevent them from being exposed to harmful bacteria that can lead to infection, warts, and other ailments.
You can never be too safe when it comes to taking your kids to the waterpark. Unfortunately, accidents still happen even when you and your child have followed all the safety measures. If your kid is involved in a waterpark related accident and you believe the park is at fault, contact us at Zuber Brioux. We’re dedicated to getting you the compensation you deserve.