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Stay safe, have fun on carnival and amusement rides this summer

Carnival ride
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Riding the rides at amusement parks and carnivals is commonplace in the summertime, but can sometimes be dangerous. Mark Goman, Manager of ski and amusement safety for Michigan’s department of licensing and regulatory affairs said that when rides are created, both fun and safety are kept in mind.

“Every ride has a manufacturer and that manufacturer provides a long list of checks and maintenance requirements and part of what we do is to make sure the operator is doing that,” Goman said.

Goman said that the main cause of accidents isn’t problems with rides, but instead the cause is riders themselves not abiding by operator rules. For example, although it seems ordinary to put your hands in the air on a ride, Goman says that doing so can cause injuries. For more information about ride inspections and how to stay safe this summer, visit Michigan.gov/lara.

By: Claire Fodell

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