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It’s that time of the year again — carnival rides, balloon animals, real animals, and all the fried food you can eat!
The Gwinnett County Fair is back and better than ever. With 11 days of scheduled events and over 50 rides and attractions, you’ll be hard-pressed not to have a good time. But, with great fun comes great responsibility.
Here are some great Gwinnett County Fair safety tips to make sure you and your family have the most enjoyment as possible:
1) Stay hydrated
With all of the walking, consuming salty foods, and basking in the summer sun, your body will be begging for water. At best, dehydration can cause fatigue, dizziness, and dry skin. At worst, dehydration can lead to fainting, rapid heartbeat, and shock. Be sure to bring your own reusable water bottle with you to ensure you’re getting enough liquids.
2) Bring hand sanitizer
Fairgrounds can be a hotbed of germs. From touching the wheel of a bumper car to petting a goat — your hands will be picking up more germs than you may realize. The most ideal way to handle the germs would be washing your hands in the fairground restrooms. If soap and water are not available, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
3) Don’t let children wander
When your child wanders off, every fear imaginable can thrust forth into your head. Not only do you worry they may have drifted off and gotten lost, but you also may worry about their safety. Some of the most common fairground injuries are scraped knees from falling or tripping. Whether it’s getting lost or running and falling — be sure to keep an eye on your children at all times. Just to be completely safe, take a picture of your child the day of the fair. If they do get lost, an easily identifiable picture will be of great help to fair workers and authorities. As a bonus, keep a note on your child with your phone number in case someone finds them.
4) Check the weather
Since the Gwinnett County Fair is an 11 day event, the weather is unlikely to be consistent day-to-day. You know the drill: if it’s hot, bring sunscreen and chapstick; if it’s cold, bring jackets or blankets. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there will be an estimated 96,480 new cases of skin cancer in 2019. Although this event is toward the last weeks of summer, the sun will still be shining and the risk of sunburns still be prevalent.
5) Don’t have loose items in your pockets
While you’re going to need to carry important items with you, like your phone, make sure anything in your pockets is snug and secure. Any items that get loose while you’re on a rollercoaster or other high-flying carnival ride can become projectiles. Zippers and velcro are the first choices for securing items. If you’re wearing jeans or any pants without zippers or velcro, at least make sure nothing is sticking out of the top of your pockets.
6) Bring emergency medications (and tissues)
Whether it’s allergies, headaches, or nausea, it’s always good to be prepared in case an ailment strikes. While the medical tents at the Gwinnett County Fair will have first-aid supplies, like bandaids, they will not have medications. They may have tissues, but it’s always good to bring your own. Don’t let a headache or runny nose spoil your fun for the rest of the day.
If you follow these Gwinnett County Fair safety tips, provided by Dermer Appel Ruder, LLC, you’ll be well on your way to a fun, worry-free time! Check out the hours of operation and pricing for the Gwinnett County Fair to start planning your day of fun.