Jackson County Fair officials ensure safety on rides

JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – Rides and local fairs go hand in hand. But, headlines of accidents involving rides and water slides have some people concerned.

Jackson resident Christine MacIntyre said, “I just think they’re kind of thrown up in a very short amount of time. They’re not just there all the time so, I don’t know how they could be safe if they’re just thrown up quickly.”

But, that’s no so according to fair officials.

“They need a certain amount of time in between tear down and set up at another fair so, we do not have rides on Sunday because they need that time to set up and inspected to make sure everything is in working order,” said Jackson County Fair Manager Denise Owens.

Meaning those behind the scene are keeping you safe.

North American Midway Entertainment Unit Manager Blake Houston said, “every ride has its own individual inspection sheet that the guy come out and they check certain things on certain rides whether it’s you know, bearings, blocking, pins, snap rings. And, that’s done prior to opening every single day.”

And, you the customer could also help keep yourself and others from getting hurt.

Owens said, “you know there is a height restriction and there is a reason for that. They’re very good about that. They adhere to that very tightly. Sometimes to the dissatisfaction of a few little tiny people but that’s just what you need to do.”

So, as the fair winds down fair officials put you in good hands.

 

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