If you’re an owner, operator or developer of water parks, spray parks and/or splash pads, your job is tougher than most. Safety has become a top priority for all types of businesses. Even small offices with low traffic and no exposure to the public are encouraged to do safety audits to reduce the chances of workplace accidents.

Compare that to some of the safety risks every water amusement property faces. 

  • Open to the public with hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of users every day – including children
  • The serious water safety risks and their consequences
  • Other water health and safety issues, including mould, mildew and rust

It’s why, in addition to safety being a priority as it is in every business, it is the first and most important consideration in every aspect of water park planning, design, construction and ongoing maintenance. And in the planning, design and construction of every water ride, attraction and feature.

 

Why Safeguarding Against Slips and Falls May be the Most Important Water Park Safety Issue

Considering the number of risks, and their potential seriousness of the consequences, it may be difficult to say that one water park safety feature stands above the rest.

But if you ask water park managers to name the most common safety issues they face, many will include slips and falls.

Here are just a few pointers to minimize your risk of accidents due to slips and falls

  1. Make it a Key Specification – In planning your facility, including the spray park equipment, walkways and facilities, make non-skid surfaces part of your specifications.
  2. Train Your Staff – Your team should be constantly vigilant in looking out for and identifying potential slip and fall risks.
  3. Follow Up on Incidents – In the unfortunate circumstance of a reported slip or fall, your follow-up should include any corrective actions that may help prevent a repetition of the incident.

To learn more about water park equipment, check out our post “The Secret to Choosing the Right Water Park Equipment”.