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Stay Safe at the Fair at PNE

August 27th, 2015 | by admin admin | in Safety Advice |    24   comments


PHOTO CREDIT: Pacific National Exhibition

Super Dogs, the wooden roller coaster and those little doughnuts. Is your family heading to the PNE fair for your annual dose of nostalgia? Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

1. Snap a pic upon arrival. Of everybody. Together, and separately. Your Aunt Mildred on Facebook will thank you. And, if your child goes missing, searchers will appreciate seeing what she looks like, what she’s wearing and how tall she is. A picture is worth a thousand words.

2. Register with guest services. The Pacific National Exhibition has developed a tagging program to help locate and reunite lost children with their families. Even if you don’t join the tagging program, it would be wise for your children to carry your name and cell phone number on an ID bracelet or slip of paper. Some parents even use permanent markers on their kids’ arms.

3. “What if?” Talk about what to do if you get separated. Look for a staff member, for example. Stay put, or meet at a designated landmark. Avoid parking lots and entrances, though, because these allow easy getaways for predators.

4. Follow the rules. Height, weight, age and health restrictions at amusement parks like Playland are there for a reason. You don’t want to be That Guy who gets ejected. And if you feel uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to ask for help, even during the ride. Even if your child squeaks by the height restrictions, double check that the lap bar and safety belt keep him secure. Take the time to watch a new ride together, before boarding, to ensure he’s developmentally ready. If he shows any signs of nervousness, skip it. Riding with your child the first time also helps you gauge whether it’s appropriate.

5. Wash your hands, especially after visiting the barn area, and don’t bring food in. Those cute chicks, piglets, bunnies, horses, calves, lambs, llamas, goats etc. can harbour deadly E. coli bacteria.

6. Pay attention. It’s easy to crash into someone or trip as you race to your next ride or show.

7. Speak up. If you see any unsafe or damaged equipment, or safety hazards, notify an operator. Bouncy castles and inflatable slides can cause sprains, fractures and even fatal injuries. Supervise these attractions closely to ensure they are properly secured and children follow safety rules.



Pacific National Exhibition (Amenities, Lost Children/Children Tagging Program)

Top 10 Amusement Park Safety Tips. EHS Today.

Staying Safe While Visiting a County Fair or Amusement Park This Summer. Safety and Health for Rural Families (Progressive AG Foundation).

10 Safety Tips for Amusement Parks and Crowded Vacation Spots. Frommer’s.

Amusement Park Safety. Parents.com.

Note: This blog discusses general safety and security topics. It is not intended to provide comprehensive advice or guidance. In all matters of personal safety and security, we encourage readers to research topics in depth and consult a security professional about specific concerns.

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