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Water Park Safety Tips for Summer 2020

Florida’s water parks draw millions of visitors per year and make up most of the top-visited water parks in the United States. Though a jaunt to one of the many great water parks in our state is an excellent way to spend a day or two, the best way to ensure non-stop fun is to prepare for and be aware of the risks. Water parks can pose numerous hazards, such as slipping and falling, drowning, and disease transmission. 

Here are some water park safety tips to help you minimize those hazards:

  • Always supervise any children you are with, especially if very young and/or poor swimmers
  • Apply sunscreen before getting to the park and reapply throughout the day 
  • Be extra vigilant if no lifeguards are on duty 
  • Dress and prepare appropriately for sun exposure (don’t forget a hat!)
  • Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day 
  • Follow all posted waterpark rules and pay attention to warning signs and notices
  • Never swallow pool water
  • Practice good hygiene by showering before and after getting into the water 
  • Use the buddy system and designate a meeting place in case anyone gets lost 
  • Walk, don’t run—especially on slippery surfaces  
  • Watch the weather and get away from the water if lightning is nearby 

What About COVID-19?

As you know, we are still living amid a global pandemic. Many of Florida’s water parks remain open as of this writing, so we advise you to exercise caution if visiting one with your loved ones. Much is still unknown about the coronavirus, so when in doubt, it is best to remain at home than go out at all. 

That said, if you do visit a water park this summer, remember to:

  • Keep food and utensils to yourself, no sharing with people you don’t live with
  • Keep your distance from people you don’t know
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Wear a mask at all times when outside the water 

Fortunately, the current consensus is that outdoor activities are much safer than indoor ones. So, if you visit a water park, do your best to remain outside. Also, the chlorine and bromine in the water should keep the virus at bay, so the main danger is getting close to people who may be potential carriers. Armed with this knowledge, we hope you and your loved ones are able to have a fun and safe summer!

Have you been injured at a water park in Florida? Our Panama City personal injury attorney can help you hold the liable party accountable so you can receive compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.  

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