Kids love to splash around at the water park during summer. Many adults may enjoy the rush of the water slides, too. While you and your family are having fun, keep in mind that water parks are dangerous and accidents happen.
Across the nation about 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day, two of these are children 14 years old or younger. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death.
Drowning may not look like you think it will. A person who is drowning will often not be waving their arms around or calling out for help. Though a person thrashing their arms and yelling is in distress and in need of help.
Drowning is almost always deceptively silent. The Instinctive Drowning Response, as described in the article It Doesn’t Look Like They’re Drowning (page 14), is what people do to avoid suffocation in the water. Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. Also, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arms movements. They do not wave for help because they instinctively will use their arms to press down on the water in an attempt to get their heads above the water.
We encourage everyone to learn to watch out for the signs of distressed swimmers and of drowning swimmers.
Of course the only danger at the water park isn’t just the water! To keep you and your family safe at the water park, follow these safety tips!
- Do not run at the water park. The surfaces at the water park are deceptively slippery!
- Follow the rules. The rules on water park ride and slide safety are in place for a reason. They are meant to keep you and everyone else safe. Know the rules and follow them.
- Keep a close eye on your children. Keep an eye on them even when they’re playing in shallow water. Accidents happen quickly.
- Stay hydrated. You may not feel dehydrated when you’re in the water. All that time moving around in the hot sun can lead to dehydration.
- Wear sunscreen. Sun burns hurt and they’re dangerous for your health. Slather on the sun screen – the CDC recommends a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least 15 SPF.
Feel free to share these safety tips with friends and family!
Injuries At Nebraska Water Parks
Every summer people are injured at our water parks. No matter how careful you are, sometimes accidents happen. When injuries are caused by a failure on the part of the water park or its staff, to establish or to follow safety rules for the operation of its facility, then you may be entitled to be compensated.
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Miller Lathrop serves clients throughout Eastern Nebraska and parts of Western Iowa including Douglas County, Sarpy County, Lancaster County, and Pottawattamie County, as well as the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Elkhorn, and Council Bluffs.