FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 26, 2017



Department of Community Affairs Encourages Families to Put Safety First

TRENTON – As the start of summer approaches, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Charles A. Richman is encouraging New Jerseyans to review the following safety tips in advance of the amusement and carnival ride season. 

“New Jersey’s amusement parks, fairs and carnivals are some of the best in the country and have a very good safety record,” said DCA Commissioner Richman. “Our engineering staff and ride inspectors in the Division of Codes and Standards do a great job ensuring rides are safe for operation, but riders must be cognizant as well.  They should always look for the posted State of New Jersey, White Permit Registration and Green Passed Inspection stickers, which show that a ride was inspected and passed the stringent safety regulations required by the State.” 

Additionally, riders are urged to: 

  • Read and obey all written and verbal instructions, and observe all age, height and weight restrictions;
  • Fasten safety equipment such as seatbelts, shoulder harnesses and lap bars before the ride begins;
  • Keep limbs inside the ride at all times;
  • Stay in the ride and keep all safety equipment fastened until the ride comes to a complete stop and the ride operator instructs people to exit;
  • Refrain from throwing any object from a ride or behave in a reckless manner; and
  • Not enter a ride without the supervision of an operator. 

Parents should take additional safety precautions for their children, especially small children, when choosing an amusement ride or attraction. They should consider their child’s capabilities and limitations with regard to whether the ride is appropriate for them and watch the ride in operation before deciding whether their child can ride it safely. 

The NJ Carnival and Amusement Ride Safety Act establishes an annual ride safety inspection program. A manufacturer is required to have their ride design and assembly approved prior to its sale for operation in New Jersey. The owner of an amusement ride is required to register their ride by applying for an annual permit. The annual permit assures that scheduled annual inspections, set up inspections and random inspections during operation are performed throughout the year.



A complete list of amusement ride safety tips can be found at:


For more information on the Carnival and Amusement Ride Safety Act, visit:


Tammori Petty
or Emike Omogbai
(609) 292-6055