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by Melissa Gilbo, CISR on Oct 11, 2016

Fall is in the air and the kids are probably itching to go someplace exciting for the fall season in MA & NH and nothing fits the bill during the fall season more than fall fairs, festivals and amusement parks – a classic staple of American fall fun. Click here to see all the fun fall happenings in MA this season and click here to see what's happening in NH!

However, unless you take some safety precautions, these outings can also be stressful or even dangerous. So, brush up on these safety tips before the thrills begin:

  • Follow the rules. Ignoring this tip is why most injuries occur in the first place. The rules are there for your safety, not to limit your fun, so be sure to observe and obey them. That includes any and all restrictions regarding age and height, as well as guidelines about physical conditions that may make it unsafe to participate. Listen to instructions from park employees, and keep arms, legs, feet and hands inside rides at all times. Finally, always use the provided safety restraints.
  • Educate your kids. Make sure they know how to behave safely, both on rides and in crowded public spaces.
  • Have an emergency plan. Designate a meeting place in case anyone becomes separated from the rest of the group. Use a buddy system to ensure children are never alone. Another good idea is to take a picture of your child/children before your enter through the gates, in case your child gets lost you will have a current picture, including a description and picture of what they are wearing, so the photo and description can be passed along to law enforcement and employees to help with the search.
  • Don’t overheat. Bring plenty of sunscreen (the waterproof kind if you’re at a water park) and drink lots of water during the day. Don’t forget to spend some time in the shade, too.
  • Wash your hands. Be sure to wash them frequently with soap and running water before and after exposure to animals.
  • Wear closed toe shoes. Wear shoes like sneakers or boots, not flip-flops or sandals, to protect your feet.
  • Know your limits. Be mindful of the health limitations of any people in your group, and check with the park ahead of time to see if they offer any special accommodations. Remember, kids can sometimes overdo it when they’re having fun, so build in time for regular breaks.
  • Remember “If you see something, say something.” If you see people or activities that seem suspicious, report your observations to law enforcement.

Plan ahead for safety, and you can help make sure the only roller coasters on your trip are the ones you ride. Have a safe and memorable time at the festivals and fairs this season and always keep safety your #1 priority!

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