The Serious Business of Fun
Safety is the number one priority of the attractions industry.
Amusement parks provide one of the safest forms of recreation available to the public.
Amusement park operators and ride manufacturers work together to develop and deliver safe guest experiences.
Safety by the Numbers
According to the 2013 Fixed-Site Amusement Ride Injury Survey:
- More than 315 million people visited the approximately 400 amusement parks in the United States in 2013 and took 1.4 billion safe rides.
- The likelihood of being injured seriously enough to require overnight hospitalization for treatment is 1 in 24 million. The chance of being fatally injured is 1 in 750 million. (Based on an average of five rides per guest.)
One of the Safest Forms of Recreation in the United States
Below is a list of common recreation activities and their respective number of injuries per million participant days (based on estimates from the National Sporting Goods Association):
- Roller skating: 912
- Basketball: 799
- Football: 704
- Soccer: 405
- Fishing: 85
- Golf: 53
- Exercising with equipment: Nine
- Playing billiards: Eight
- Camping: Five
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that the number of deaths on America's roadways in 2013 was 32,719. Resources
The National Weather Service estimates the chance of being struck by lightning in the U.S. is 1 in 775,000.
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