Red Cross Encourages Safety at the State Fair

Illinois Capital Red Cross, Volunteers at the State Fair
The station will be manned by Red Cross First Aid certified volunteers and will provide basic first aid services to the public free-of-charge from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, August 8 – 18.

As the Illinois State Fair ramps up this week, the Illinois Chapter Area Chapter would like to encourage patrons to follow a few safety tips for a safe enjoyable experience.

  • Dress for the fair. Wear comfortable shoes, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
  • Prepare before you go. Watch the weather report before heading out and make sure that you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Know how to get out. Look for the exit signs as you enter the fairgrounds. It takes only seconds—and those seconds could turn out to be the best you ever spent.
  • Find a meeting spot. Arrange a place to meet your family or friends in case you get separated.
  • Always follow the safety guidelines for rides. Wear safety belts, use handrails and never get off a moving ride, wait until it comes to a full stop. If a ride stops due to a mechanical or safety concern, stay seated and wait for instructions.
  • Parents – pay special attention to your children. If they are too tired or scared to go on a certain ride, avoid it - they may ignore the safety rules or try to get off while it's moving.
  • Be smart when it comes to drinking alcohol. It can quickly dehydrate a person during a warm day and impairs your judgment.
  • In case a first aid emergency does happen, the Red Cross will have a first aid station at the fair - located in the Emmerson Building Annex, across the street from the Dairy Building on the fairgrounds. The station will be manned by Red Cross First Aid certified volunteers and will provide basic first aid services to the public free-of-charge from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, August 8 – 18.

    The American Red Cross Illinois Capital Area Chapter has provided First Aid services to the participants and attendees of the Illinois State Fair for over 20 years.