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Amusement ride safety

Amusement ride injuries are extremely rare, though almost all ride-related accidents can be prevented. Please read and follow these Amusement Ride Safety Tips to ensure the whole family has a enjoyable, and completely safe day at the fete!

Stay Cool & Cover up: Instances of sunburn and heat exhaustion are common in Qld, particularly on hot days in Autumn, Spring and Summer. Water is your best friend for preventing heat-related illnesses, so drink plenty the day before, and during a warm day outdoors. Apply a waterproof sunscreen regularly throughout the event, remain in shade where possible, and always wear an appropriate hat or sun visor.

Stay clear of restricted areas: Never enter a restricted area. This includes any area where power leads or cooking equipment may be in use. The public are generally prohibited from the back of hot food stalls, amusement rides, generators, stages, commercial vehicles and trucks.
Understand Ride Height Restrictions: Take note of all amusement height restrictions well before the event, and understand which attractions you can and cannot enjoy. Amusement Operators check the height of all riders prior to entry, though the parents of young children must accept some responsibility in pre-determining the rides their children can access. This may save time waiting in a queue, and the child’s disappointment in being refused entry. We suggest you follow these steps:
1. Measure the height of your child before the fete
2. Determine which attractions he/she can & cannot access at the fete by checking the height requirements listed above
3. Confirm with your child which attractions they are permitted to enjoy
4. Explain why height restrictions are in place

5. Ensure the rules are adhered to on the day of the fete

Generally speaking, children should be able to receive, understand, and follow instructions to ride most attractions alone.
Accept Restrictions: Under no circumstances should a parent encourage an under-sized child to ride, or ask an Amusement Operator to “bend” the rules and allow an under-sized child to ride. All parents must accept that Height and Safety restrictions are there for a reason; must be enforced; and are not open for negotiation.
Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions may prohibit a child or adult from riding. No child with a plaster cast or brace should access an inflatable amusement device, due to the risk of further injuries to the wearer, and being a possible hazard to other riders. The same rule applies to certain mechanical amusement devices including the Super Slide.
Please speak the the amusement operator at the fete should you require further details or clarification.
First Aid: Should an accident or injury occur during the fete, please report immediately to the St John’s First Aid Officer, who will be on-site for the entire event.
Don’t jump the line: Line queues are something we all have to deal with, whether attending the local fete, or major theme park. Under no circumstance should any person “jump the line” or “cut the queue”. This not only increases the waiting time of riders further down the queue, it becomes the source of heated arguments between parents &children alike.
Ride safe: When riding on an enclosed amusement device “car”, remain seated at all times, with your hands on the grab bar and your feet/knees inside the car. Make sure that the Lap Bar or Rider restraint is in place, snug and locked in. If the ride starts to move, and your restraint is not in place, immediately alert the ride operator. Hands/arms must be kept inside the “car” at all times. Under no circumstance should a rider reach out to touch any part of the ride, or member of the public outside the fence line.
Alert Ride Operators about problems: If you notice something wrong, or a potential risk of accident or injury, please alert the ride operator immediately. Their job is to keep you safe. All assistance from the public will be appreciated.
Securing Loose Items: In the interests of rider safety, all loose items (Mobile Phone, Bags, Cameras etc) must be left with a non-riding companion.
Food and Drinks: Please finish all food and drinks before joining a ride queue. No food or drinks will be permitted on any rides.
Do not misbehave: Minor injuries such as burns and bruises are often the result of riders misbehaving and not obeying Amusement Rules. Any person disobeying the ride rules, engaging in horseplay, or acting in a way that is considered unsafe by Amusement Operators will be prohibited from riding. Here are a list of Amusement Rules relating to each of the attractions booked for this year’s fete:

Super Slide

* Every slider must be at least 1.0m in height to ride alone. Smaller children may be accompanied by an adult. No ticket is required from the accompanying adult

* All sliders require a All Day Amusement Pass or single ticket to ride, including adults – except in the case of an accompanying adult

* A single ticket holder will receive three “slides” for their ticket

* We recommend parents lean forward while sliding

* Parents are welcome to take young children on the Slide. The child should be positioned in front of the parent, between their legs, and on the mat

* Sliders must ensure all personal belongings (mobile phone, bags etc) and articles of clothing (shoes, caps) do not dislodge during the course of the ride.

* Sliders must remain seated on their mats at all times, and slide “feet first”

* A slider’s feet must be positioned on the mat at all times while sliding

* Under no circumstance should a slider attempt to slide “head first” or on their stomachs

* Under no circumstance should a slider attempt to become airborne after sliding over a “hump” or twist/roll off their mat. This type of behavior will only lead to bruises, friction burns and the possibility of serious injury.

 Bumper Balls

* Operating a Bumper Ball can be physically challenging (see You Tube) so the recommended minimum height is 1.2m. Slightly smaller children may participate, though could find the activity too difficult and physically demanding

* All participants require a All Day Amusement Pass or single ticket to play

* Participants must ensure all personal belongings (mobile phone, bags etc) and articles of clothing (shoes, caps) are left with a companion.

* As participants often become inverted during this activity, loose change may fall from pockets, and should be left with a companion

* Participants must not be suffering from any form of neck or back injury, or be wearing a cast.

Rock Climbing Wall

* Every climber must weight at least 20kgs and no more than 100kgs

* All climbers require a All Day Amusement Pass or single ticket to play

* Riders must ensure all personal belongings (mobile phone, bags etc) and articles of clothing (shoes, caps) do not dislodge during the course of the climb.

* All climbers must wear some form of footwear while climbing – bare feet will not be allowed!

Merry-Go-Round

* All participants require a All Day Amusement Pass or single ticket to play

* Riders must be old enough to ride alone, without showing signs of stress or panic

 Caveman Capers

* Separate queues will operate throughout the day so that children are group based on age – 5 to 9 years and 10 to 15 years

* All participants require a All Day Amusement Pass or single ticket to play

* Riders must ensure all personal belongings (mobile phone, bags etc) and articles of clothing (shoes, caps) are left with a companion.

* Under no circumstance is an adult permitted on a Jumping Castle

* The following activities are not permitted on any Jumping Castle or inflatable amusement device:

(1) Tackling and/or pushing other children
(2) Front flips
(3) Back flips
(4) Climbing Interior Walls

* This activity is not suitable for any participant wearing a cast, or suffering from a neck or back injury

Cactus Cabin Toddler Bouncer

* Suitable for children to 1m in height or around 5 years of age.

* All participants require a All Day Amusement Pass or single ticket to play

* Under no circumstance is an adult permitted on a Jumping Castle

* Participants must not be suffering from any form of neck or back injury, or be wearing a Cast.

* The following activities are not permitted on any Jumping Castle or inflatable amusement device:

(1) Tackling and/or pushing other children
(2) Front flips
(3) Back flips
(4) Climbing Interior Walls