Like every other amusement device, there are certain precautions that need to be taken to insure that participants driving the Go-karts at your Family Fun Park or Go Kart Track are as safe as possible. Accidents involving go karts can be especially serious;some incidents involve skull fractures & other broken bones, internal injuries and in some cases even death. There are many resources out there that can help you run a safe go kart track. We found one resource on the IAAPA website that had some important safety tips regarding long hair (& some other safety reminders):
1) You should have a maintenance staff that checks each day for any malfunctions with the go karts, safety signs & the track. (If you do not have safety signs it would probably be a good idea to post some.)
2) Your staff should be properly trained in all safety procedures and should also be trained to look out for guests with long hair. This is important since long hair can get caught in the moving parts of the go kart. The IAAPA article talks about how in 2012 a teenage girl lost 80% of her scalp from her hair getting caught in a go kart axle.
3) Hair ties should be kept on hand and if someone has long hair they should be instructed that it needs to be secured with a hair tie to prevent injury.
Some other safety tips include:
4) Having your guests wear helmets & seat belts.
5) Making sure the age/size regulations of the go kart are followed.
6) Not allowing go-karts to be driven during bad weather.
You can read the full article here: http://www.iaapa.org/resources/by-park-type/fec/go-kart-safety
Also remember that you need to have your go kart track insured because safety procedures alone are not always enough. Learn more about our Go Kart Insurance.
“Go-Kart Safety” by Mike Bederka | IAAPA Website | 2012 | http://www.iaapa.org/resources/by-park-type/fec/go-kart-safety