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Are our region's amusement parks safe?

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ATHOL, Idaho -

Summer safety of summer rides we see at fairs and amusement parks are being called into question following accidents across the nation.

In Tennessee, a Ferris wheel basket flipped and sent three children falling more than three stories. In Kansas, a 10-year-old boy died on the world’s tallest water slide.

KHQ looked at what’s being done to ensure your safety at our region’s largest amusement park – Silverwood – and what they’re doing to protect you and your family.

Unlike Washington, which requires an annual state-run inspection, Idaho only requires electrical inspections and that’s it. So, Silverwood has their own inspectors and they follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Mark Robitaille with Silverwood Theme Park says the inspectors look over all the rides daily. They get in at 3 a.m. and inspect until the park opens. After the day’s over, they have internal audits daily. They’ll also have a third party auditor come in at random to make sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to.

“We go through it with a fine tooth comb,” Robitaille says.

The rides also have safety sensors, so park officials will close those higher profile rides if it’s too dangerous to operate. The park also says pay attention to the signs around the park, and enjoy the rides.

If you want more information on regulations state-by-state, you can visit this website: http://www.saferparks.org/regulation/agencies

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