Every fall there’s a veritable buzz about the North Carolina State Fair. Folks want to know which foods will be fried, which rides are the most exciting, and which local bakers can come up with the best pie. As you dig into a turkey leg and hit the rollercoasters, keep a few of these health tips in mind so your State Fair experience will be both fun and safe.
The petting zoo is a big attraction for children and families, but it can trigger a reaction for those with allergies and asthma. Animal dander can exacerbate asthma symptoms, so if you know you have an animal allergy, you may want to avoid the petting zoo. Parents of children with asthma should bring the appropriate medications in case their child has an allergy to animals that they’re not yet aware of.
In addition to irritants like animal dander, petting zoo animals can carry bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella. Fairgoers should also be diligent about washing their hands after visiting the petting zoo; especially if they plan on eating afterward. Visitors should avoid eating or drinking while walking through the petting zoo.
Fairgoers will also be exposed to thousands of other people that may present health risks. Plus, it’s hard to say if those other visitors are being diligent about hand washing. Pack hand sanitizer, any necessary allergy and asthma medications, and ask fair employees where hand-washing stations are located. By taking just a few simple precautions, you’re on your way to an exciting and safe time at the NC State Fair.