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Warning signs about roller coasters

Updated February 21, 2017

Warning signs at the entrance to roller coasters are meant to help guests visiting theme parks decide if riding the ride will be safe for them. These warning signs offers helpful information about the condition of the ride, such as if it's bumpy, goes upside down or fast. Things to consider before boarding a roller coaster include your personal fears and health conditions. It's up to you, the visitor, to use common sense regarding the decision to ride or not.

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Ride Restrictions

The only things on the warning sign that aren't personal choices are height and weight restrictions. In order to ride the roller coaster, you must be a minimum height. In some cases, there is a weight minimum and maximum to ride certain coasters. Some rides have two different height restrictions, one for riding alone and another height allowing a child to ride, but only with an adult accompanying him.

Health Warnings

Roller coasters have a listing of warnings based on health conditions that can be aggravated by riding the attraction. Some health warnings on these signs include high blood pressure, heart disease or a heart condition. Many roller coasters don't allow those who are pregnant to ride the attraction for the safety of both the mother and child. The signs also warn against those who suffer from neck or back issues or motion sickness.

How to Sit

You will find instructions on how to sit, stand or position yourself on the ride. Warnings on how to sit are also verbally communicated by the employee or recording as guests are strapped in and verified by other employees. You will be instructed to remain seated and keep your hands inside the ride at all times, which pertains to not putting your hands on the outside of the vehicle or near the tracks of the roller coaster. On most rides, it is safe to raise your hands over your head when during the ride and you will be instructed otherwise if it is not. Failure to follow these warnings can result in being asked to leave the ride and possibly being injured while not following the rules of the ride.

Personal Phobias

Some rides can scare the faint at heart or younger riders and these warnings are placed on signs outside of the ride's entrance. Personal phobias that may be encountered when riding a roller coaster include darkness, frightening situations or fear of heights. If you or anyone in your party suffers from these phobias, either don't ride the roller coaster or be prepared to be scared.

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About the Author

Heather Leigh Landon has been a writer since 1988 when she started her career as a stringer for "The McHenry Star News." Since then she has worked for newspapers such as "The Woodstock Independent," "The Northwest Herald" and "Press Journal." Landon graduated from William Rainey Harper College with an Associate of Applied Science in journalism.

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