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July 11, 2014

State officials offer safety tips for summer events

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana State Board of Animal Health, Indiana State Department of Health and Indiana State Police officials remind all Hoosiers to remember basic safety tips when attending summertime county fairs, local festivals and carnivals.

Be aware of surroundings:

• Pay attention to weather forecasts and know where to go should inclement weather arise. Storms can approach quickly, and if the conditions are right, they can turn severe;

• Keep a watchful eye on children so they do not become separated in large crowds. Have an established family meeting location where family members would reconnect if separated. Some event organizers offer contact tags children can wear; and

• Remember “If you see something, say something.” Report suspicious activity to on-site security, local law enforcement’s non-emergency line or the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center at 877-226-1026. If violence is imminent, call 911.

Animal safety:

• Wash hands or use hand sanitizer after touching animals and don’t consume any food inside of the barns;

• Animals at the fair are in a noisy, crowded and unfamiliar environment and may easily become dangerous if they are spooked or scared. Avoid running, yelling, talking loudly or making loud noises while in the animal barns; and

• Never attempt to pet any animal at the fair without receiving explicit permission from the animal’s owner.

Amusement rides:

• Don’t board a ride if there are broken parts, sign of improper maintenance or an inattentive operator. Report problems to fair organizers or call the IDHS amusement ride hotline at 888-203-5020;

• Every ride should have a prominently displayed, current permit issued by IDHS. If one is not displayed or current, call the IDHS amusement ride hotline;

• Read and follow all posted rules and listen to instructions given by ride operators; and

• Know any physical conditions or limitations before boarding an amusement ride.

For more county fair and summer event safety tips visit GetPrepared.IN.gov.

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