This year, the Midwest has been experiencing what some people are calling a “polar vortex”—a cold snap that has taken at least 21 lives across the United States. This past weekend in Nebraska, we had a blizzard that kicked up heavy snow and reduced visibility to near-zero. These whiteout conditions closed Interstate 80 and caused numerous vehicle crashes.
Looking on as your child flies from a swing and hits his head, or falls from monkey bars and breaks her arm, is a frightening moment no parent will ever forget. There is nothing worse for parents than witnessing their children get hurt when they are supposed to be playing around and having fun.
It is no secret that we love sports here in America. We can remember playing them as children, perhaps joining a team in high school or college, and we now attend games or watch them on TV as adults. So it is only natural that we let our children experience that same joy. Not only do children enjoy playing sports, but it provides great exercise and keeps them out of trouble! Sports are not without risks, though, and so it’s important to know what to do if an injury occurs.
Families usually go to amusement parks to have fun. Good food, rides, and fun in the sun—what’s not to love? Amusement parks can transport us to different worlds, at least for a small period of time. But that doesn’t mean they’re completely safe.
Ohio State Fair visitors learned this firsthand in July. Riders on Fire Ball were sent into a freefall when the attraction malfunctioned. The pendulum ride usually swings riders in a circle on a gondola, but one of the rows fell completely out. Two seat beats also malfunctioned.
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