PA Secretary Wolff Encourages Amusement Ride Safety This Summer

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 26 /PRNewswire/ — With the Memorial Day holiday quickly approaching, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff today reminded Pennsylvanians to obey safety instructions when visiting amusement parks. Memorial Day to Labor Day is typically considered peak ride season.

“Enjoying Pennsylvania’s 5,600 amusement rides and attractions can be a wonderful experience,” said Wolff. “While our internationally-recognized safety inspection program helps to ensure ride safety, riders must be responsible and follow posted safety instructions.”

To maximize ride safety, Secretary Wolff offered the following suggestions when visiting amusement parks this year:

— Look for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania registration certificate.
This ensures a ride has been inspected and has met the strict
standards enforced by the state.

— Observe all age, height and weight restrictions.

— Follow instructions. Ride operators have received thorough training
on safety standards and procedures.

— Use safety equipment. When provided, seat belts, shoulder harnesses,
lap bars and chains should be used to ensure the protection of the
riders.

The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards is responsible for inspecting and regulating amusement rides and attractions throughout the commonwealth. A certified inspector must inspect rides and equipment every 30 days, or each time a ride is set up.

In addition to six quality assurance inspectors, each year the Department trains and licenses nearly 1,000 others to inspect rides at more than 670 amusement parks, agricultural fairs and carnivals.

For more information on the Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards, call 717-787-6772 or visit http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/ and click on ‘Bureaus.’

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