Water parks are a lot of fun and a great way for kids to spend time outside. But injuries like cuts, scrapes, and concussions can happen. And as with any body of water, precautions to prevent drowning are a must.
These tips can help keep your kids safe at water parks:
Supervise your kids. When possible, keep them in your view. They may go out of sight for a moment on a ride, but you should be able to see them most of the time. Watch kids in a wave pool at all times.
Make sure the park uses qualified lifeguards. But lifeguards are just one layer of protection to prevent drownings. You still need to watch your children.
Read the posted signs before letting kids go on a ride. Many have age, height, weight, or health requirements.
Know which rides are safe for your child's age and development. For instance, keep little kids away from older kids' splashing and playing.
Teach kids to follow the rules and directions. These include walking instead of running and going down the water slide in the right position — feet-first and face-up.
Use the buddy system. When possible, each child should have a buddy to stay with for the day. And set up a meeting place when you first get there. That way, if someone gets separated from the group, they know where to find you.