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Essential Tips for a Safe Stampede

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We can’t believe that Stampede week is almost here! As you dust off your boots and shine your buckle, here are a few little tips for a safe Stampede.

Taking care of yourself

Travel light. Wear comfortable footwear (remember to break in those cowboy boots early!).

Photo Credit: Bill Marsh
Photo Credit: Bill Marsh

Pace yourself. Know when and where to take a break. The International Pavilion in the Big Four Building, Scotiabank Saddledome, Agrium Western Event Centre, and the Marketplace and the Western Oasis in BMO Centre are all great indoor, air conditioned venues.

Bag checks

Bag checks are there for your and everyone’s protection. Pack as if you were going to the airport. You know, no dangerous stuff.

Animal safety

Wash your hands after touching animals.

Watch for moving animals and wagons.

Calgary Stampede, Tuesday, July 8, 2014  Photo by Mike Ridewood
Calgary Stampede, Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Photo by Mike Ridewood

No sudden moves or loud noises around animals.

Don’t reach through the bars of a pen.

Lost Kids – 403.232.9090

Take a picture of what your kids are wearing before you come or when you arrive to the Stampede.

Make sure you get a wristband at the Lost Kids booths located at four of our gates or at the Lost Kids booth in the Great FUNtier.

Point out Police and Stampede employees as you walk around Park with your children so that they know safe people to go to if they get separated.

If you become separated from your child, call Lost Kids immediately. Don’t wait to look around for five more minutes. If you are reunited quickly, no harm done.

Lost Kids is not just for kids. Lost kids is happy to assist with teens, seniors or anyone without a cell phone that is separated from their party.

Do your kids know your cell phone number?

Follow the rules

Follow the ride rules and instructions from ride operators. They are there for your safety!

Photo Credit: Shane Kuhn
Photo Credit: Shane Kuhn

Follow the direction of Stampede employees and volunteers (Stampede employees wear a gold and black nametag; volunteers wear a red and white nametag).

Weather

Summer weather is unpredictable. Dress appropriately and be prepared.

On hot, sunny days, wear sunscreen and drink lots of water. Go inside or find some shade if you’re feeling exhausted. Listen to your body.

Summer storms come quickly. Look for shelter and move away from entrances once you are inside the building. Follow the instructions of Stampede employees–they are there to help!

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