Since more than a decade ago, water parks have been generalised as a family leisure option: the combination of sun, grass, pools and numerous attractions make them a favourite place to visit, especially for the youngest children.
Unfortunately, on too many occasions fun and safety do not always go hand in hand: taking a dip and extreme descents do not only bring laughter and cooling down, but sometimes scratches, heat-stroke and drowning. Sometimes the problem lies in the bad design of the attractions or a deficiency of the area, and other times those responsible for the recklessness are the users.
The ideal water park
A centre of these characteristics should be well designed and include determined installations. This is what a safe water park is like:
In the enclosed area
There is a detailed plan at the entrance to the park, as well as a list of rules of operation, prohibitions and limitations.
There are sufficient shaded areas.
There are sufficient drinking water points that are accessible and clearly sign-posted.
There is medical attention within the park.
There are safety exits that allow for the correct evacuation of the public. There are also emergency accesses (for ambulances for example).
The electrical installations are closed and insulated.
Comfortable changing rooms and guarantees of hygiene.
Sufficient showers, before accessing the attractions, spread throughout the park.
It has non-slip paving, especially around the pool basin areas.
The team of lifesavers is sufficient: they should be located at the beginning and at the end of the attractions and at intermediary points if the installations are very long. They accomplish their function efficiently with crossed vigilance in the swimming pools, etc.
Independent kid’s pool with a maximum depth of 0,6 m.
Informative detailed signs where the warnings, prohibitions and limitations (of age, height, etc.) are clearly expressed in a graphic manner (with symbols, icons, in several languages, etc.)
On the attractions
The joints and surfaces of the attractions are smooth and do not scratch nor rasp.
They have handrails in all the areas where there is risk of falling.
There are starting crossbars or handles on the attractions.
The designs are safe: gently sloped final sections on the slides: slopes on the curves, tracks with undulations to regulate speed …
For your safety
Carefully read the instructions and indications and respect the prohibitions: they are there for a reason.
Don’t lose sight of the smallest children. Don’t be overconfident, just because they are wearing floats: they should never be a substitute for adult supervision.
If an accident occurs, alert the lifesavers as soon as possible so that they take charge of the situation.
Ensure that the accident remains registered in the incidents form of the day: in this way, inspections will be made aware of the accident and measures can be taken to provide a solution.
If you have a claim to make, contact the Health and Consumer Services of your Region. Keep the entry ticket to the park (with the date, etc.): this is your document of proof.
It’s not just us saying this. This source of information is from the Organisation of Users and Consumers
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