HKQ Kids

Safety at the Fairs

Warm summer days and nights, the inviting smells of kettle corn, warm pretzels and cotton candy – a trip to a county fair or carnival can be a wonderful way to spend time with your kids. Take a few precautions before you go to help make your trip even more enjoyable and memorable.

Be prepared:

  • Check out the fair online first.  How big is it? What are the parking arrangements?
  • Find out if strollers are allowed.
  • If your kids are old enough to understand, explain that chances are good that it will be crowded, and at times could be noisy.

Dress appropriately:

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Make sure everyone has used sunscreen. Take it with you to re-apply as necessary.
  • Wear hats and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Check the weather for the day.
  • Avoid dangling clothes or jewelry, and keep long hair tied back.

Plan for safety:

  • Identify a security kiosk or security guard, and make sure your kids understand where the guard is located.
  • Slip Mom or Dad’s cell phone number on a piece of paper into your kids pockets, marked as Mom or Dad.
  • Take a current picture of your kids, just in case they wander away.
  • Observe rides in advance. Determine if it is age appropriate for your kids.
  • Stick together.
  • Stay hydrated and eat light, particularly if you will be going on rides.
  • Seek shelter in a storm. Thunderstorms can roll in quickly, and tall rides can be strike points for lightning. Go indoors, or stay safe in your car.

Above all, stay safe and enjoy the warm days of summer with your family. Make it a summer to remember!