Knowing that Hersheypark is dedicated to safety, not just fun, is probably my favorite part about the Hersheypark experience. Why? Well, as many people know, I have safety issues. I also have control issues, but that’s a totally separate situation. In any event, I’m known for locking people out of the house, because I’m obsessive compulsive about locking doors. I’m a nut about setting the alarm at the house, and making sure the cameras are always on so I can stay on top of our safety. Any car I drive, I have to set the alarm, I can’t just let it set itself when I leave it. It’s an issue, I admit it. The safety doesn’t stop with the house, or the car. It’s a running theme in my life, and having kids has just deepened my safety issues.
Hersheypark: dedicated to safety, not just fun
At my children’s school, I’m kind of known for being “that mom.” I’ve made waves there about safety, and because of my actions, I’ve been able to push through major changes in how things are done during morning drop off, as well as afternoon pick up. I’ve pushed for changes to be made in how nurses at the school handle certain situations, especially since my son suffered a broken collar bone in his classroom, and the school nurse failed to call me, so my son suffered for six hours with the broken bone, while at school.
When it comes to safety, I’m “that mom,” who insists on changes being made. I fight for change more than I care to admit, and it can be tiring. When I see businesses out there going out of their way to provide a safe experience, not just a fun one, I breathe a little easier. Knowing Hersheypark is in sync with my hunger for the safest environment for my kids, gives me such peace of mind. After meeting Director of Ride Operations, Laura Woodburn, on my recent visit to Hersheypark for my Sweet Welcome 2016 weekend, I felt so much more of a bond with Hersheypark. I know it’s the best place for my family to head for a great time, but also a safe one, too. Woodburn is responsible for the ride operators, as well as the lifeguards, at Hersheypark, and she takes it seriously. Wait, is there a word that is stronger than seriously? If there is, that’s what she is, when it comes to providing an amazing experience at Hersheypark, along with a safe one.
Woodburn is no joke, my friends. She’s got more than 70 Certified Ride Inspectors, who receive continuing education through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Her lifeguards are trained by Jeff Ellis and Associates. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re the leader in the waterpark industry. When it comes to safety standards, Hersheypark meets them, and then exceeds them. They do their own internal audits, and hire an outside company to run audits, too. Again, Woodburn doesn’t play when it comes to safety, she is NO JOKE.
Beyond the rides, and lifeguards, Hersheypark has 40 emergency medical technicians; 30 maintenance employees trained in rope rescue; 17 qualified fire inspectors; 15 registered nurses; and, two OSHA authorized outreach trainers.
When my family walks into Hersheypark – the water park, or the main park – I know everyone on staff cares about our safety, but they also want us to have fun. You’ll always be treated well, and each staff member is friendly, welcoming, and helpful. When you walk through the park, or through the hotel, staff members smile, and say hello, and often ask how you’re day is going. Hersheypark may be known as the Sweetest Place on Earth because of their chocolate, but honestly, I believe it’s because the people working there are sweet as hell.
A visit to Hersheypark is well worth the expense, because the attention to safety and the overall amazing experience for guests, cannot be topped by any other amusement park. Plus, there’s chocolate everywhere!
I was invited to spend two nights, and three days, at The Hershey Hotel, and Hersheypark. It was an expense paid trip by Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company. All opinions 100% my own.