How safe are amusement park rides?

There have been at least eight reports of amusement ride injuries this year nationwide, and following the ride-related death at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday night, it's hard not to wonder: are these rides safe?

The likelihood of a serious injury on a ride is one in 16 million, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

That means you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than falling off of a ride.

While chances are low, knowing the types of risks could help lower your odds of an accident.

The IAAPA warns all dare devils to do the following:

-Obey listed age, height, weight and health restrictions
-Read all ride safety rules and listen to ride operators
-Stay seated and inside the ride at all times
-Secure any loose clothing
-Remain seated until the ride comes to a complete stop and you are told to exit
-Always use the safety equipment provided and never try to wiggle free of the restraints
-Pay attention to the ride operator in line. If they seem inattentive, skip the ride
-Never force anyone on a ride, especially young children

In our state, the Department of Labor says rides are inspected and regulated annually.

The department says the most common cause of ride malfunctions is from people standing up on rides or unfastening their seat belts, not mechanical issues.