Theme parks and amusement parks are regulated through many different government agencies, both state and federal. The safety of guests and associates is always the number one priority at these venues. Due to this, many rules and regulations are in place in order to protect everyone.
Safety is not just about the rides!
When a person thinks of staying safe at a theme park, their first thoughts likely go to the rides. After all, that is why many people visit these establishments. Many checks and balances are put in place to guarantee that a person will not get injured due to the operation of a ride. However, there are many other types of precautions that are taken to keep employees and guests safe.
The odds of a fire happening at a theme park are higher than one might think. Anything from a cigarette to electrical fire can, and has, sparked a fire at a park. However, preventative measures are put in place and associates are given tools to assist in the event of a fire emergency.
Phones: Every location that guests and associates are likely to frequent at a park should have a working telephone to use in the event of a fire. Even if this phone simply dials locations inside the park (as most are set up to do), an associate is trained in who to call in an emergency.
Fire Extinguishers: Along with a telephone, all locations are required to have a fire extinguisher. These extinguishers are checked daily to ensure that they are full and have not expired. The fire extinguishers are required to be hanging in an appropriate location, and many will have stickers that are displayed to show their presence.
PASS: Associates are trained in the PASS method of using a fire extinguisher. PASS stands for Pull (the pin), Aim, Squeeze and Sweep.
Fire Suppression System: In many enclosed areas, such as restaurants, food stands, theaters and closets, fire suppression systems, like those from Alexander Gow Fire Equipment Company, are used. Some locations, such as closets, use a sprinkler system. It is important that this equipment is not surrounded by items, and routine checks occur to ensure that sprinkler systems are not blocked or have items hanging from them. Some locations will have a system with chemical agents in place. Fire alarms are sometimes used in indoor locations. In the very rare event of a fire emergency that affects multiple areas of the park, public address systems are typically available.
Evacuation Plans: Buildings must be up to standards with fire codes, and most buildings that house guests will have a maximum capacity of people they can hold. Evacuation plans are put in place in case of fire or other emergency situation, and associates are trained in how to handle these situations.
Work with Local Agencies: Theme parks work closely with outside agencies, such as the fire department, in case of emergency situations.