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What you should be afraid of at water parks

The “dog days of summer” may be over soon as school will be back in session at the end of the month. However, Sacramento’s warm weather will continue long enough for water parks to be an attraction well into the fall. In fact, the popularity of water parks continue to grow as developers find new ways to make waterslides feel like roller coasters.

Recent estimates reveal that more than 50 million people attend water parks in the United States each year. With so many patrons in an enclosed space, there are a number of dangers, both seen and unseen. This post will highlight a few things you should be aware of. 

Inaccurate safety warnings - Most patrons, especially children, understand that they should not run on wet surfaces. However, there may not be adequate safety warnings about other dangers, such as depth warnings, wave warnings and height warnings.

Norovirus – We tend to think about norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships, but if a pool is not managed properly and food service outlets are mismanaged, the combination could be a real threat to park goers.  

Inattentive lifeguards – Watching 20 to 30 people at once may be a tall order, but when lifeguards become unaware of logjams on a waterslide, patrons will be in danger.

Of course, water park owners must use reasonable care in keeping patrons safe from hazards. If a water park fails to use such care and a patron is injured, the park could be held liable.

If you or a loved one has been injured at a water park, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you. 

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