Amusement Ride Safety Information
- Don’t board a ride if you see broken parts, signs of improper maintenance, or an inattentive operator. Report your observations to the ride operator or call IDHS amusement ride hotline at 1-888-203-5020.
- Every ride should have a prominently displayed, current permit issued by IDHS. If the ride has no such permit, call the amusement ride hotline at 1-888-203-5020.
- Read all posted rules and listen to instructions given by ride operators.
- Watch the ride with your child before boarding. Point out the operator and the entrance and exit locations prior to riding. Make sure they understand the instructions and warnings fully.
- Obey minimum height, age, and weight restrictions. Never sneak children onto rides if they are too small or too young. A smaller/younger child may not be physically or developmentally able to stay safely seated.
- If you can’t count on your child to stay seated with hands and feet inside, don’t let them ride.
- Keep all body parts (hands, arms, legs, long hair, etc.) inside the ride at all times. If you have long hair, keep it pulled up with a hat or hair tie.
- Always use the safety equipment provided (seat belt, shoulder harness, lap bar, etc.).
- Remain in the ride until it comes to a complete stop at the unloading point. If a ride stops temporarily due to mechanical failure or other reasons, stay seated and wait for an operator to give you further instructions.
- Know your physical conditions and limitations. If you suspect that your health could be at risk for any reason, or that you could aggravate a pre-existing condition of any kind, do not ride.
When temperatures reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, overexposure to the heat can be hazardous. Pay attention to summer temperature forecasts and take all heat advisories seriously.
What to do During Extreme Heat
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to high temperatures.
- Slow down from your normal pace.
- Spend time in air conditioning, even for brief periods.
- Avoid alcoholic, caffeinated, and carbonated beverages.
- Wear proper SPF sunscreen for your skin type.
- Wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing. Nothing dark colored!
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
- Do NOT leave animals, children, or the elderly inside vehicles - even if you are just leaving the vehicle for a minute and have the windows rolled down. Temperatures can quickly climb dangerously high.