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The Serious Business of Fun

  • Safety is the number 1 priority the amusement park 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 2011 Fixed-Site Amusement Ride Injury Survey*:

  • Approximately 297 million guests visit the 400 U.S. amusement parks annually and take 1.7 billion safe rides.
  • The chance of being seriously injured on a ride at a fixed-site park in the U.S. is 1 in 24 million.
  • 61 of the 1,415 ride-related injuries, or less than 5 percent, required some form of overnight treatment at a hospital.

*IAAPA and the National Safety Council (NSC) established a nationwide amusement ride injury reporting system for all facilities operating fixed-site, or permanently situated amusement rides in the United States. The report is produced each fall and analyzes the previous year's reporting data. For example, the 2011 Fixed-site Amusement Ride Injury Survey was published in the fall of 2010.

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