Staying safe at amusement parks and carnivals

LANSING, MI. (WILX) -- Amusement and carnival ride safety was brought into the spotlight in 2017 after an Ohio teen was killed when the ride he was in broke apart at the state fair.

Fair officials have now closed public access to all animal areas, including the petting zoo, but plan to keep the fair open. /: (MGN)

In June, an Owosso man had to get his leg amputated after an incident on the same ride at a carnival.

There are several factors that go into inspecting the rides for safety.

The State Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs is responsible making sure the rides are up to code. The operators of the rides are required to conduct daily inspections before the fair opens.

They check everything, from the seat belts and brakes to bolt tightness on the rides.

Theo Savage, Vice President of the Eaton County Fair Grounds said, "I know they're checked everyday before they start up and they are really checked real hard by the state that frequently steps in and takes a look at them. So the owner has to keep them up to date as much as possible."

Eaton County fair officials say they take precautions to avoid disease outbreaks among animals at the public at the county fair.

The gates for the fair open at 9 a.m. Tuesday and the rides open at 2 p.m.

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