Water slides can be a source of great fun, but they can also cause accidents and injuries. Water slides have a height limit to ensure those using them are big enough to use them safely, as those who don’t meet the limit are far more likely to be involved in accidents. If you’re a parent planning a visit to a theme park, it’s a good idea to find out what the limits are and check how tall your child currently is so you know which slides they will be able to use and which water slides have a height limit.
Why water slides have a height limit
Water park operators are legally obliged to make sure their water slides have a height limit. This keeps vulnerable young children safe and stops them using facilities they are not yet ready for. Some children look older than others, so height is deemed the best way of deciding whether a child is ready for the facilities. There is no point trying to negotiate with staff as the company will face big penalties if they fail to adhere to regulations on health and safety.
Water slides need to be checked regularly to ensure they are as safe as possible. The slides consist of sections, and each one of these needs to be assessed. The way the sections are connected to each other also needs to be looked at regularly to make sure accidents don’t occur when swimmers slide from one section to the next. Swimmers shouldn’t be hurt when they exit the tube and land in the water. Operators need to ensure signs and notices about using the slides safely are visible, and venue staff need to ensure the facilities are being used correctly.
Do you require compensation?
If you or your child have had an accident at a water park or swimming pool and it wasn’t yours or their fault, we may be able to help you get compensation. We have been in the personal injury claims business for more than 16 years and have worked on thousands of claims like yours in the past. Please don’t throw away or delete any evidence related to the accident as this could play a big role in helping us get the compensation that’s rightfully yours. You can get in touch with an Accident Advice Helpline advisor today by calling 0800 689 0500 on your landline or 0333 500 0993 if you’re using your mobile.