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Good Question: How do I know the rides in Kentucky are safe?

Whether it's a county fair or a trip to an amusement park there are sure to be rides.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says nationwide there are thousands of injuries each year on those rides, but Kentucky works to make sure that's not the case.

Good Question: How do I know the rides in Kentucky are safe?

Its good old family fun, with rides that go up down and every which way, but before you ever get on, the state is making sure they are safe.

"That includes rides like your standard Ferris wheel, and Tilt-A-Whirl and the rides you see here plus inflatables, ball crawls and a wide variety of other amusements and attractions," said Ted Sloan with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

At Masterson Station workers are putting the final touches on getting all of their rides ready for eager fair goers.

In Kentucky the Department of Agriculture is the extra set of eyes overseeing the inspections from top to bottom.

"They look at the electronics, mechanical, hydraulics, everything to make sure that its operating with the manufactures specifications and its not they will require the ride operator to fix the problem," said Sloan.

If a ride passes an inspection you'll know it, rides will have a sticker displayed on it.

Kentucky's inspection program is one of the toughest in the nation.

"What some of the more serious incidents have done is actually enabled the authorities to strengthen Kentucky's amusement park law."

State inspectors say they are not aware of any serious injuries this year and with the inspections they do they hope it stays that way.

The state has eleven inspectors who receive training yearly as well as direct training from amusement park ride manufacturers.


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