Safety is top priority at Pennsylvania parks

ELYSBURG – Pennsylvania amusement parks want to assure the public of their safety standards, following a recent tragedy at Six Flags in Texas.  Amusement ride safety experts Friday said folks in Pennsylvania need not worry.

Dick Knoebel, secretary of the Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Association and president of Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, said “I ride the rides, my family rides them, and thousands of others enjoy them too. That’s why safety is our top priority… Each day at my park and others across the state, a team of certified inspectors carefully examines every ride before the park opens. If something doesn’t look right, the ride doesn’t open.”

The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards registers more than 9,000 amusement rides and attractions – more than any other state – at nearly 800 registered amusement operations including amusement parks, fairs, carnivals and other events.

All rides in Pennsylvania must meet strict American Society for Testing and Materials International standards. Pennsylvania officials help to develop these standards.  (Codi Jade)

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