State Fair has safety plans in place

By Alex Davis |

Published 08/07 2014 06:16PM

Updated 08/14 2014 10:57AM

Update: 10:04 pm, 8/10/14, Sunday
SPRINGFIELD -- The State Fair is all about fun and games, but sometimes accidents happen. There's a few things you should know about your safety. WCIA-3's Alex Davis has more on emergency responders who are ready to step in and help.

America Ambulance has multiple units on the state fairgrounds, ready to help.

"It can be as simple as a band-aid to 'Can you check my blood pressure?' to 'I've fallen,' or 'I've passed out.'"

Bob Kayma's been working fairs for the past five years.

"Well, we see everything and everybody. We see people who are, you know, pediatrics all the way up to the elderly."

He says he's pretty much seen it all; fatigue, heat stroke, dehydration. But, the most service calls he gets come on concert nights.

"People overdo it and they need medical help at the shows."

Police are also on scene if things get out of hand.

"The Illinois State Police would like to remind the public to be diligent while they're out here and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement agencies."

Illinois State Police say there are the same number of troopers at the State Fair every year, but one thigh you might not know, is the troopers represent all 22-districts. Those troopers are offering all sorts of safety messages to fair visitors, including a program which can aid parents and kids through an ID wristband in case they're separated.

"If you stop by the safety information tent, we can provide one of those for your child. What we do is, we ask that we use the name of the child and also the phone number of the adult and then we explain to the children that if they are separated from their adults, that they can locate one of the police officers that's here on the grounds."

If you're out at the fair and an accident or crime occur, fair officials say you should still call 911 first.
Original: 6:16 pm, 8/7/14, Thursday
SPRINGFIELD -- The State Fair is all about fun and games, but sometimes, accidents do happen. When they do, police and EMT's are ready to respond. They say, if you're on the fairgrounds and there's any type of emergency, call 911. Ambulances are always on site. Besides medics inside the fairgrounds, there's also another on standby right outside the gate.

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