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Safety Tips for Carnival Season!

Date: February 21, 2014 Categories: Blog

Mardi Gras is a wonderful time for families to enjoy! Although it is very exciting, Mardi Gras can be stressful for parents and caregivers. By following simple safety instructions, parents can maximize on fun for their children and have peace of mind during the parades.

Be aware that this year, new parade route rules have been put into place. “No ladders, chairs or barbecue grills will be allowed in intersections, and no portable toilets in the rights-of-way, including the neutral ground. There will also be no throwbacks,” WDSU reported in a recent article. One of the first steps in staying safe this season is to remember these new rules, so law enforcement can focus on other problems.

Here are some tips to follow for safe and fun parade watching!

  • Prepare for the weather before you head out the door.
  • Stay in well-lit and populated areas.
  • In case you get separated from friends and family, select a meeting place in advance.
  • No underage drinking!
  • Bring plenty of snacks and water!
  • Do not accept drinks or food from someone you don’t know and do not leave drinks or food unattended.
  • Cooperate with law enforcement officials.
  • Never leave children unattended.
  • Wear bright outfits!
  • In case of separation, make sure your child is not wearing a mask or large hat, so you can easily identify them in a crowd!
  • Use your mobile phone to take a picture of the outfit your child is wearing each day of parades!
  • Remind your children before the event to find a police officer if they get lost.
  • Each young child should have identifying information on their person, hidden, on the inside of their clothes. This should include their name, address and emergency contact telephone number. Make sure to us a plastic envelope in case of rain!
  • Teach them how to ask for help- from a police officer, another parent, or an employee at one of the businesses along the parade route.
  • Never assume one adult is watching over the kids, be strategic.
  • If you are separated from your child- don’t panic and remain calm.

We hope that you and your family enjoy a safe and happy Carnival season!

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