12 Oct Fall Festival Time -Safety Tips for your Church or Ministry
The Fall season is a popular time to host various outdoor events, such as a fall festival. These activities may be focused on ministering to children or reaching out to the local community. With many organizations beginning another service and education year in the fall, festivals are a great way to bring members together and celebrate. While these highly popular and well-attended events are great fun for members, families and the community, there are many risks associated with hosting such an occasion. We’ve compiled a list of Safety Tips for Fall Festival Time.
You’ll want to consider CDC guidelines for your activities this year. The CDC offers the following considerations for enhancing protection of individuals and communities and preventing spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Event planners and officials can determine, in collaboration with state and local health officials, whether and how to implement these considerations, making adjustments to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community. Because COVID-19 virus circulation varies in communities, these considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which gatherings must comply. Please click here for the CDC’s website.
Other safety issues to address before hosting a festival at your church is to inspect the grounds and facilities include: Identifying, marking and repairing any potential hazards is crucial to preventing injuries and losses. It is recommended that your organization create an inspection checklist. In developing this checklist, be sure the following items are included:
- Cords – Any power, speaker, microphones or any other electrical cords should be kept from walkways, covered with cord protectors, or held down and marked with visibly colored tape.
- Tents – If tents are being used for an event, make sure stakes and ropes are visibly marked and protected. Additionally, a professional company should set up any tents and a qualified individual should inspect them before use.
- Depressions and Holes – Fill or mark any depressions or holes in grassy areas. Planning activities away from these hazards will further decrease the risk of injury.
- Tables and Chairs – Ensure temporary or folding chairs and tables are sturdy and free from defects.
- Weather – Monitor weather reports and make alternative plans in case of threatening weather.
- First Aid Kit[s] –Communicate with your leaders the location[s] of your First Aid Kit[s]. Be sure any First Aid Kits are easily accessible to your leadership team.
Finally, coordinate with your local law enforcement and emergency services the date, time and details of your event.
We’d like to thank GuideOne for this information.
See also CDC Resources for Churches