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Wash your hands after petting animals, and always before eating.

Verbatim: County fair safety tips

Statement issued this week:

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and Indiana State Police (ISP) remind all Hoosiers to remember basic health and safety tips to ensure everyone enjoys their time at the local county fair and the many other local festivals and carnivals part of Indiana summertime tradition.

“Follow all safety instructions on amusement rides to keep everyone having a good time,” says Indiana Building Commissioner Scott Perez. “If a ride doesn’t have an operating permit or if something doesn’t look safe, report it to IDHS.” The Indiana Building Commission is a Division of IDHS.

What to know about amusement rides

  • Don’t board a ride if you see signs of improper maintenance, an inattentive operator or something that just doesn’t look safe. Report your observations to the ride operator or call the IDHS amusement ride hotline at 1-888-203-5020.
  • Every ride should have a current permit issued by IDHS. The permit is about the size of a business card and typically located at the operator’s station. Permits are good for one year.
  • If the ride has no permit or the permit has expired call the amusement ride hotline at 1-888-203-5020.
Safety tips for kids and caregivers

“Teach kids to stay calm and stay put if they are separated from parents or other caregivers,” says Sergeant Sergeant Ronald Galaviz of the Indiana State Police. “Knowing what to do in this scary situation will help prevent a lost child from panicking, and help safety officials locate them faster.”

  • Keep a watchful eye on children. It’s easy for children and caregivers to become separated in large crowds.
  • If you do become separated from your child, notify local security immediately.
  • Teach children to stay put as soon as they realize they are lost. Wandering children are more difficult to find because their location keeps changing.
Health and Safety Tips

  • Pay attention to weather forecasts and prepare appropriately. On sunny days, be sure to use sunscreen and sunglasses to protect you from harmful UV rays.
  • On hot days make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Wear closed toe shoes like tennis shoes, not flip-flops or sandals, to protect your feet.
  • Wash your hands after petting animals, and always before eating.
  • Read all instructions when viewing animals, some animals should not be touched.
Amusement Ride Safety Tips

  • Don’t board a ride if you see broken parts, signs of improper maintenance, or an inattentive operator. Report your observations to the ride operator or call the IDHS amusement ride hotline at 1-888-203-5020.
  • Every ride should have a prominently displayed, current permit issued by IDHS. If the ride has no such permit, call the amusement ride hotline at 1-888-203-5020.
  • Read all posted rules and listen to instructions given by ride operators.
  • Watch the ride with your child before boarding. Point out the operator and the entrance and exit locations prior to riding. Make sure they understand the instructions and warnings fully.
  • Keep all body parts (hands, arms, legs, long hair, etc.) inside the ride at all times. If you have long hair, keep it pulled up with a hat or hair tie.
  • If you can’t count on your child to stay seated with hands and feet inside, don’t let them ride.
  • Always use the safety equipment provided (seat belt, shoulder harness, lap bar, etc.).
  • Obey minimum height, age, and weight restrictions. Never sneak children onto rides if they are too small or too young. A smaller/younger child may not be physically or developmentally able to stay safely seated.
  • Remain in the ride until it comes to a complete stop at the unloading point. If a ride stops temporarily due to mechanical failure or other reasons, stay seated and wait for an operator to give you further instructions.
  • Know your physical conditions and limitations. If you suspect that your health could be at risk for any reason, or you could aggravate a pre-existing condition of any kind, do not ride.
Additional ride safety tips are available at

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