August 14, 2016
Back to school time is in the air, but there’s still plenty of summer left for you and your family to take a trip to one of Florida’s many entertaining theme or amusement parks. For your next park visit, in order to ensure that you have fun and arrive home safe and sound, consider these safety tips.
Have a Meeting Place
It’s important that every member of your family knows where to meet in the case that they’d be separated. Determine an easy-to-find spot within the park, go there and point it out on the map to everyone. Even circle it. Make sure everyone in your party understands that they are to make their way back there should they wind up lost.
One good way to prevent anyone in your party from getting lost is to make sure your little ones are always in hand. If you have 2-4 children, this is easy. Split them up evenly between parents and enjoy. However, having uneven odds or being overwhelmed can make this difficult, so make sure in cases like this that you form a tight chain and keep everyone in site.
Report Suspicious Bags or Activity
If you see someone doing something suspicious, or you see an unattended bag, notify a park employee immediately and then remove yourself from the situation. Never attempt to step in, unless, of course, you happen to be an undercover police officer. Chances are you’re not, so report the incident and then remove yourself and your family.
Protect Your Wallet
Clever pickpockets will take advantage of the crowds by bumping into you and apologizing. People bump into one another all the time at theme parks, so you wouldn’t even notice your wallet missing until it’s too late. Keep your wallet in a backpack or in your front pocket to avoid becoming a victim of a clever pickpocket.
Stay With the Crowd When Exiting
If you stay late at night, the parking lot will be dark, aside from some street lights, when you leave. Stick near the crowds and don’t go off alone into a dark area. Most theme park parking lots are relatively safe, but it’s better to err on the side of caution.
Keep these tips in mind, and you and your family will return home with loads of happy stories to make the neighbors jealous!
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