Make the Most of Your Fun in the Sun - RideSmart!

    TORONTO, July 8 /CNW/ - Did you know that approximately 80 per cent of
amusement device incidents reported to the Technical Standards and Safety
Authority (TSSA) are attributed to rider-related behaviour? Whether your
need-for-speed takes you to an amusement park or go-kart track, or if you're
seeking to make a big splash at the water park, TSSA wants you to make the
most of your fun in the sun, just by following some simple instructions and
taking responsibility for your own safety and enjoyment.

    Beat the Heat with a Safe Splashdown on Waterslides

    -   Do not run on ramps or staircases leading to the slides.
    -   Follow all instructions given by the attendant.
    -   Do not dive, run, stand, kneel, or rotate while sliding.
    -   Keep your hands inside the slide.
    -   Slide one person at a time, when required.
    -   Slide only when instructed by the attendant or when the splash area
        is clear.
    -   Clear the splash area promptly.

    Before You Rev that Engine and Hit the Track, Be 'Go-Kart Smart'

    -   Wear the approved helmet provided.
    -   Secure hair longer than shoulder length.
    -   Do not bump another kart, swerve or stop your kart on the track.
    -   Stay on the track.
    -   Use the seat belt provided.
    -   Report to the attendant anyone who appears to be under the influence
        of alcohol or drugs.
    -   Ensure your head is below the rollover protection.
    -   Stay in the kart until the ride is complete, and unload safely in the
        pit area when directed by the attendant.

    Take Safety to New Heights on Amusement Rides

    -   Follow the rules for each ride, including age, height and weight
    -   Tie up long hair and remove loose articles (sunglasses, hats,
        jewellery) that could fall off during the ride.
    -   During the ride, remain seated, buckled in and keep hands and feet
    -   If you feel tired after a ride, take a break.

    This summer season, watch for TSSA's Safety Street Team promoting safe
riding at various water slide, go-kart and amusement ride facilities
throughout Ontario.
    For more information on these and other safety topics, please visit
TSSA's public safety website, Remember, safety is up to

    About TSSA

    TSSA is an innovative, self-funded, non-government organization focused
on delivering public safety services. It provides not-for-profit regulatory
safety services in industry sectors such as fuels, amusement devices,
elevating devices, ski lifts, boilers and pressure vessels, operating
engineers, and upholstered and stuffed articles. The organization's vision is
to be the world leader in public safety services.

For further information:

For further information: Bernadette Celis, Communications Advisor,
Public Education, TSSA, Telephone: (416) 734-8772, Email:; For
more information on the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, please visit
our website at

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