Sheriff's Deputies are preparing to welcome nearly 1 million people to the Tulsa state fair.
Every year deputies encounter just about every safety issue you can imagine.
“With as many people as come through here in the 11 days, you're effectively in charges of a small city.” Says Captain Scott Dean.
A big concern-- kids getting separated from their parents.
That's why over the last 3 years the Sheriff's office has started passing out wristbands for parents to write their name and phone number.
“ When it's right there on their wrist we can dial that number and we can have that kid reunited with their parents within moments as opposed to hours.” Says Captain Dean.
In 2016, 145 kids were lost and returned to their parents.
Just last year, only 84 children were reported lost—thanks to the wristbands.
Some other safety precautions to keep in mind:
Don't leave valuables inside your vehicle for thieves to target.
If there's an emergency on the midway give EMSA and deputies room to work.
Never bring weapons into the fair even if you have a license.
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