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The Harrison County Fair Starts Soon: Safety Tips for Biloxi Residents

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It may be in just its second year but Biloxi and Gulfport residents are already anxiously awaiting the Harrison County Fair, which runs in 2017 from September 6 to 10 at the Harrison County Fairgrounds. There will be plenty of activities for adults and kids of all ages, from live music and lip sync challenges to dunking booths, hot dog eating contests, and games. Of course, the fair will also feature numerous food vendors to serve up your favorite carnival eats. Despite all the fun, there can be a downside to fairs when injuries occur due to negligent security, hazardous conditions, insufficient crowd control, or similar factors. To reduce your risk of injury, check out these tips on staying safe at area fairs, amusement parks, and other attractions around Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.

Check the Weather 

The end of summer marks the height of hurricane season in Mississippi, but even less-dangerous storms can cause hazardous conditions for fair-goers. Lighting and high winds are among the biggest threats. Before you head out, review the weather forecast to see what’s in store and prepare yourself and your family accordingly. 

Hydrate Early and Often 

When temperatures soar and the sun is beating down at the fair, make sure to drink plenty of water. You can suffer serious medical conditions, such as heat stroke, fainting spells, muscle cramps, and other ailments. Don’t wait until you get thirsty to rehydrate: Sip from a water bottle all day long, starting before you arrive. 

Designate a Family Meeting Space 

With all the fun, commotion, and crowds, it’s easy for family members to become separated. Pick out an easy to find spot where you all agree to meet if you get separated.

Stay Safe on Rides

Ferris wheels, carousels, horse riding, and other attractions are among the most popular features at fairs, but many do contain inherent dangers if you don’t take proper precautions. Listen carefully to the instructions of ride operators as you’re embarking and fastening your safety restraint, and follow directions about keeping hands and feet inside at all times.

Contact a Biloxi Lawyer to Discuss Your Case 

Following these tips for staying safe at fairs may help reduce your risk of injury, but there may be other hazards that cause accidents – dangerous conditions you may not be able to see or avoid. When you suffer an injury as a result of factors within the control of the organizers or promoters, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses. However, it’s important to have an experienced attorney on your side to pursue your claim, especially if the responsible party claims comparative negligence to reduce your compensation amount. If you’ve suffered an injury at an amusement park or fair and have questions about your rights, please contact the Law Offices of Judy Guice in Biloxi, MS. Our legal team can set up a case assessment to review your options.

Resource:

gulfcoast.org/event/2017-harrison-county-fair/6924/

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