Safety Emphasis at County Fairs

A gentle slide for the youngster

A gentle slide for the youngster

Note that this sign shows the specific abilities and skills needed for the activity.

Note that this sign shows the specific abilities and skills needed for the activity.

Here is a sign showing some restrictions and rules.

Here is a sign showing some restrictions and rules.

An assumption of risk warning.

An assumption of risk warning.

More rules for the ride.

More rules for the ride.

Notice the specific warnings to the patron.

Notice the specific warnings to the patron.

There are 3 different height signs posted, but notice that they differ.

There are 3 different height signs posted, but notice that they differ.

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Heights were being checked at all rides.

Heights were being checked at all rides.

This high-bouncing Spiderman event had an obvious warning.

This high-bouncing Spiderman event had an obvious warning.

The Spiderman warning.

The Spiderman warning.

Some rides had maximum weight limits.

Some rides had maximum weight limits.

Another popular activity -- the youngster is inside the ball.

Another popular activity — the youngster is inside the ball.

Rules for the water ball.

Rules for the water ball.

Rules for bumper cars has a list of rules including a rule prohibiting running into other cars.

Rules for bumper cars has a list of rules including a rule prohibiting running into other cars.

Even signs to keep the exit steps or ramp clear.

Even signs to keep the exit steps or ramp clear.

But one thing hasn't changed. There are still plenty of exciting rides for the brave.

But one thing hasn’t changed. There are still plenty of exciting rides for the brave.

By Doyice Cotten

The emphasis on safety has changed over the years in the United States. Years ago, the only signage you saw at a fair was for the rides or booths. Today, however, warning signs and safety restrictions abound. The photos in this article were taken recently at a fair in South Georgia where rides were everywhere – ranging from simple safe rides or activities as in Photo one  to exciting, hopefully safe adventurous rides for older kids and adults as pictured in the final photo.

Note the emphasis on rules of conduct, height restrictions (and they were enforced), weight restrictions, and specific rules for many events.

Suggestion

Look at and read each of these signs. Think about your sport business or activity. Don’t you think you might be safer with some more safety signage?

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