Amusement Ride Safety

Safety comes first at Jubilee Entertainment

When families attend fetes, fairs, festivals or special events, the parents have one main consideration: that they are bringing their children into an enjoyable, yet safe environment. At Jubilee Entertainment, the safety of our riders is our number one priority.

During our "off-season" in January/February, we work extensively repairing and refurbishing all equipment to ensure they are maintained in first-class condition. Our mechanical amusement attractions are registered with Workcover Queensland, and are annually inspected by fully qualified Structural Engineers. Prior to the commencement of operations at each event, all attractions are carefully inspected by a skilled ride superintendent, with the aid of an inspection checklist.

Not only does Jubilee Entertainment have a comprehensive maintenance and inspection schedule, steps are taken to make certain that each ride attendant is fully trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of amusement operations, safety and cleanliness.

Safety Tips

A little bit of thought and planning can go a long way towards rider safety and comfort when using fairground attractions. Here are some helpful tips that will assist the public in making their ride experience safe, enjoyable and lot's of fun.

1. Be a cautious consumer when choosing amusement rides for your child.

Carnival rides are no different than any other form of children's entertainment. They offer benefits and risks. Use good judgment when picking amusement rides that you consider are suitable for your kids.

  • Can your child follow directions and remain seated?
  • How confident is your child with amusement rides?
  • Is your child easily frightened by unfamiliar movements?
  • Dress comfortably, but avoid open-toed shoes, thongs, bare feet and dangling clothing or jewelry. Very long hair should be put up. Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen and headgear, even on cloudy days.
  • Is your child a risk-taker?
  • How well does your child fit within the restraint system on the ride?
2. Watch the ride with your child before permitting access.
  • Read all amusement signage including height requirements and rider restrictions.
  • Point out to your children the ride attendants and the entry/exit locations.
  • Explain that rides sometimes stop temporarily. If this happens, riders must remain seated until the attendant instructs them to leave.
  • Talk about what to do if your child gets frightened while the ride is moving. Tell your child that under no circumstance should he/she try to get out of the seat. Explain that amusement rides might seem scary, but are completely safe providing riders remain seated, hold on tight, and keep their hands and feet inside.
  • Tell children to hold on tightly with both hands. Lap bars and handholds are part of the safety equipment. Teach your children to use them.
  • Do not encourage your children to put their hands in the air!
3. Always obey minimum height, age, weight, and health restrictions.
  • Never sneak children onto rides they're too small or too young for. Ride manufacturers' restrictions take into account the forces exerted by the ride and (sometimes) the maturity required to ride safely. A smaller/younger child may not be physically or developmentally able to stay safely seated.
  • Don't put your child on a ride he's outgrown. Maximum height and weight limits are just as important as minimum limits.
  • If you are not confident that your child will stay seated with hands and feet inside, don't let him or her ride.
  • If your child does not meet the minumum height requirement, do not ask the ride attendent for an "exemption". Explain to your child the reason why they cannot ride, and that it's important in life to always obey the rules.

Safety depends on rider behavior

Riders who move around during the ride cycle, don't pay attention to the attendant, or deliberately break the safety rules, are the number one safety risk reported by ride owners and operators. Research indicates that skylarking and misbehaviour are the number one cause of all ride-related incidents.

Use all the safety equipment provided

If a ride has a restraint system, lock and use it. If the ride has more than one restraint system, lock them all. Keep them locked until the ride attendant instructs you to get off the ride. The extra step might seem like a bore, but if the primary restraint happens to fail while you're riding, you'll learn to appreciate why there's a back up system in place.

amusement ride height safety sign
amusement ride height safety sign