Amusement Parks

Why am I being warned about potential exposure to chemicals at amusement parks?

  • Certain areas and features of some amusement parks contain chemicals that are on the Proposition 65 list because they can cause cancer and/or birth defects or other reproductive harm.
  • Proposition 65 requires businesses to determine if they must provide a warning about exposures to listed chemicals.

Certain areas or features of some amusement parks can expose you to chemicals on the Proposition 65 list.

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Any particular amusement park may not necessarily cause significant exposures to chemicals listed under Proposition 65.  However, examples of chemicals on the Proposition 65 list that you may be exposed to at amusement parks include:

  • Carbon monoxide is emitted in exhaust by rides powered by gasoline engines.
    • Exposure can occur when visitors are on or near rides with gasoline-powered engines.
  • Lead is often present in brass railings and other brass objects.  Exposure can occur when visitors touch objects like certain brass hand railings that contain lead, and then put their hands in or near their mouth.
  • Other chemical exposures that can occur at some locations in amusement parks.

During pregnancy, some chemicals described in this fact sheet can pass from mother to baby.

How can I reduce my potential exposure to chemicals at amusement parks?

  • Whenever practical, do not stand next to operating engines.  Distance yourself from the source of the exhaust.
  • Wash your hands and your child’s hands before eating.
  • Do not allow children to spend time in places where tobacco products are being used, such as designated smoking areas.
  • Every amusement park is different, and the kinds of chemical exposures that can occur may vary greatly among amusement parks.  Look for signs containing Proposition 65 warnings at public entrances to the amusement park.  If you see a warning, it will likely contain the names of one or more chemicals to which you can be exposed.  Ask representatives of the amusement park about the chemical or chemicals that prompted the park to provide the warning, how you can be exposed to those chemicals, and ways that you may be able to reduce your exposure.  Warnings may also be present where food is sold.

For more information:

General Fact Sheets and Resources

Proposition 65

  • California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)
    Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
Posted March 2018

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