AMR gives safety tips to avoid injury at State Fair - - Jackson, MS

AMR gives safety tips to avoid injury at State Fair

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Every year at the Mississippi State Fair, AMR treats a few people who have suffered significant injuries, most often from stumbling or falling. 

Others suffer sudden serious illness such as trouble breathing, chest pain or a diabetic emergency. 

According to AMR, paramedics and EMTs are on the fairgrounds every hour the fair is open to the public. The medics use electric carts converted into mini-ambulances to reach patients quickly and move them to a regular ambulance.

AMR offers these tips to avoid injury and illness at the fair:

· Wear shoes providing strong support for your ankles. Avoid cuts on the feet by wearing flat, closed shoes with good tread. Sandals and flip-flops are not adequate. Watch where you're walking.

· Walk, don't run.

· Stand on the pavement or sit on the benches provided. Don't sit on railings or other objects not meant to serve as seats. A “perch” can be hazardous.

· On arriving at and leaving the fairgrounds, cross the street only at crosswalks or other places security officers are present to allow crossing safely.

· Watch out for emergency vehicles at the fair and on nearby streets.

· If you are taking prescription drugs, stay on your prescription. If you're due a dose of a medicine while at the fair or may need an unscheduled dose there, bring the medicine with you. Don't skip doses.

· Keep close track of your children at all times. Teach them: “If you get separated from me, go to a police officer, deputy or medic.”

· To avoid heat exhaustion at the fair, drink lots of water starting a couple of days prior to your visit. Keep drinking plenty of water or sport drinks at the fair and afterward.

· Don't come to the fair intoxicated and stay sober. If your group is drinking, use a designated driver to get to and from the site.

· Dress appropriately for the weather. To avoid sunburn, use sunscreen and wear a broad-brimmed, loose-weave hat.

AMR serves 28 counties and they say they are Mississippi's busiest ambulance service. State health officials have reported AMR companies transported more than 40% of ambulance patients in Mississippi in 2013.

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