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Experts say talk with your kids before they ride at the fair

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Thrill seekers of all ages scream with delight when rides turn, twist, fly high, or go upside down. Thrill seekers of all ages scream with delight when rides turn, twist, fly high, or go upside down.
This past weekend's accident on the Sky Ride is the first reported incident on the iconic lift over the fairgrounds. This past weekend's accident on the Sky Ride is the first reported incident on the iconic lift over the fairgrounds.
Injuries on carnival rides are rare. Injuries on carnival rides are rare.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Thrill seekers of all ages scream with delight when rides turn, twist, fly high, or go upside down. The attractions come with safety precautions at the front of the line before you board the ride.

Many outline how tall a child should be, along with other rules such as staying seated and keeping their arms inside the ride.  

"The biggest thing is just supervise your children and just stay with them, especially the younger ones," said Madison Fire Department's Community Educator Lisa Garforth.

Injuries on carnival rides are rare. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions says the chance of being severely injured at a fixed site park in the United States is one in 24 million. 

This past weekend's accident on the Sky Ride is the first reported incident on the iconic lift over the fairgrounds.  It is inspected daily and children must meet a height requirement to ride.  

Garforth says take a moment to talk with your child before letting them on any carnival attraction.  

"Let them watch it before you put them on it, and just explain to them how high are you comfortable with it, are you not comfortable with it because once it gets going they might not be able to stop it," explained Garforth. She later added, "You can't just put your child on the ride, and you know your child. If they have any medical problems they shouldn't ride it. If they have any behavioral problems they probably shouldn't ride it."
 
Garforth says ask questions and make sure your children know they have to follow the instructions of the operator. If there is an issue, think about riding with the kid or find another ride. Garforth says your instincts. 

"If you see a ride that's missing parts or doesn't sound right or just doesn't look safe, then don't get on it," said Garforth.

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