Funnel cakes, Ferris wheels, and Petting Zoos are back! The Georgia State Fair kicks into gear on September 26th and runs through October 5th! We love to encourage families to take part in the festivities.
While there are many exciting opportunities for families to make great memories at the fair, some parents are hesitant to go to fairgrounds due to the large number of crowds and the risk of losing their kids in the shuffle. We all know that children love to explore and are easily distracted, so we want to prepare parents with some practical ways to keep children safe in a crowded environment.
Familiarize the whole family with the layout of the fairgrounds.
- Establish meeting points to convene if anyone gets separated from the family. This usually works best with older children who are less likely to get flustered and forget where to go.
- Make a point to determine if there is a central location for lost children at the fair. Many fairs have “Lost Child” booths/tents to make it easier for families to re-connect.
Dress your children with safety in mind.
- Have your child wear bright colored clothing that is easy to spot from a distance.
- Take a photo of your child wearing the clothes so that you are able to share with security officers if necessary.
- Do not put your child’s first name on any article that he is wearing. Children are likely to trust anyone who knows their first name, which is not ideal when surrounded by strangers.
Establish “Safe” people with your young children.
- Show your child pictures of security or police officers and tell them to try and find officers if they get separated from you.
- If officers are not around, instruct your child to approach another mom with young children.
Write your cell phone number either on a sticker label and place it on the inside of your child’s t-shirt or write it on their tummy.
- If your child gets lost, tell them to only show the label/their tummy to “safe” people (i.e. police officers, security officers, moms with young children).
Hold your child’s hands as often as possible. With younger children, it’s wise to always be within touching distance when navigating the crowds.
Going into large crowds with a game plan can help every family avoid the anxiety of being separated from their child. The key is to prepare, not panic, and practice safety procedures in your home before venturing out. Have a safe and fun Fair experience this year!
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