At The
Park

You've arrived at the park and you're ready to have fun! Follow these helpful hints to keep safe.

When You're There

  • If you’ve driven, take notice of some landmarks to make it easier to find your car when you leave
  • Set a meeting place in the park in case you get separated from friends/family
  • Apply sunblock (if you haven’t already done so)
  • Tie up long hair and secure any loose items (glasses, cell phones, etc.)
  • Follow ride attendants’ instructions and/or posted rules
  • Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and take breaks - while fun, it can be a long, hot day
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  • While water parks are very safe, of the small number of accidents that happen the vast majority are due to rider error
  • Most accidents are due to people running, not clearing the splash pool and not using the slides correctly
  • It would take 154,567,128 bottles of water to fill Splash Works at Canada’s Wonderland
  • Long before a form of entertainment, waterslides (or aqueducts) were actually a form of transportation for labourers. To save time and energy they would slide through the tubes to fix repairs instead of climbing steep hills

Waterslides

There’s nothing like going down a steep waterslide and around turns on a hot summer’s day. While you’re out there having fun in the sun and on the slides, stay safe by keeping these things in mind.

  • All parks have safety rules. Check them out when you first get to the park. If you need more information, ask park staff
  • You’re going to be in and out of the water throughout the day. Make sure you re-apply sunscreen
  • On long, hot, sunny days take some breaks and sit in the shade
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  • The Ferris wheel was named after George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., who designed and constructed it as a landmark for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago
  • While amusement parks are very safe, of the small number of accidents that happen the vast majority are due to rider error
  • The fasted reported roller coaster in the world is Abud Dhabai’s Formula Rossa ride that can accelerate from 0to100km/hr in just 2 seconds

Midway Rides

Midway rides, like roller coasters, Ferris wheels, etc., provide another opportunity for an exciting experience for riders of all ages. To help you get the most out of your day, here are a few points to consider.

  • Check out ride requirement (height, age, weight, etc.) before getting in line
  • Secure any loose items (glasses, cell phones, hats, loose change, etc.) – or better yet, leave them with a friend if you can
  • The operators and rules are there to keep you safe. If you have any questions, ask one of the staff
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  • While go-karts are very safe, of the small number of accidents that happen the vast majority are due to rider error
  • The first go-kart was reportedly made in 1956 by the man named Art Ingels (aka “the father of go-karts”). It was made from scrap metal and a lawn mower engine
  • Most accidents are due to unsafe riding
  • What’s the difference between a kart and go kart? Nothing! But usually the serious racer will refer to his or her vehicle only as ‘kart’

Go-Karting Safety Tips

Go-kart tracks offer a fun and safe environment where you can build and test your driving skills. As you’re heading out to do a few laps, here some things to think about.

  • Before you leave for the track, check out to see if you, or other drivers, meet the requirements (e.g. age restriction)
  • Go-kart tracks have a number of features and information, such as helmet and seat belt use, tying hair back, no bumping or swerving on the track, etc. Using and following these will help you have a safe drive
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  • Reportedly, the first inflatable structure was designed in 1959 by John Scurlock in Shreveport, Louisiana who was experimenting with inflatable covers for tennis courts when he noticed his employees enjoyed jumping on the covers

Inflatables
(Bouncy Castles)

Inflatables have become an increasingly popular amusement device for backyard parties, school fairs and community events. Whether you’re setting one up or using a rental company, here are some important things you need to know.

3 lists to keep in mind

Equipment

  • Verify material is not readily flammable
  • Ensure that blowers or fans are approved for use and guarded
  • Ensure cords are approved for the device, no longer than 50 feet, approved for outdoor use, have 3 prongs present, are rated for amperage required, and have GFI protection

Setup

  • Anchor all devices outdoors with stakes or ballast that meet specifications, and tall ones indoors
  • Set up on asphalt, hard compact soil, or a grassy area that is free of rocks or sharp objects
  • Use ballast on soft soil or sand
  • Never use on windy days - instead, deflate and put away

Supervision

  • Don’t overcrowd or leave unsupervised – abide by manual specifications
  • Follow height specifications
  • Children should only be permitted in the bouncer with other children of similar age and/or physical ability

Rental Safety Tips

Hosting a public event with rides or inflatables? As an event organizer, you need to ensure that the company providing your amusement devices can provide you with proof of the following safety documents:

  • TSSA Amusement Device Licence - issued to the owner for the current year that acknowledges the owner’s understanding to operate a device per Ontario Safety laws and regulations
  • TSSA Amusement Device Permit - (one per device) which displays a TSSA inspector’s identification, date and signature and confirms the device has been inspected by TSSA for the current operating season
  • “AD” Permit Number for each device - physically attached to each ride or device
  • Certified Amusement Device Mechanic - who is in compliance with the requirements of Ontario Regulation 187/03 for the Certification of Mechanics
  • Proof of $2,000,000 Liability Insurance - specific to the operation of amusement rides