Take Care at the County Fairs

With county fairs right around the corner, the Four Corners Health Department shares some useful health and safety tips to help you have a good time while there. Unfortunately, many people get sick each year because of a visit to see or pet the animals at the fair. It’s important to know that animals sometimes carry germs that are harmful to people.  If you forget to wash your hands after petting an animal, or bring food or drinks into where animals are, you have a higher chance of getting sick.

  • Don’t take food or drink into animal where the animals are or petting zoos. Also, don’t put things in your mouth while in animal barns.
  • Don’t take toys, pacifiers, cups, baby bottles, or strollers into animal barns.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and running water before and after being around animals. Be sure to wash your hands before eating or drinking, or putting things in your mouth.
  • Don’t share your food with animals, to keep from picking up any germs from the animals and to make sure animals eat the right foods. Animals should eat the food made for them.
  • Children younger than 5 years always need adult supervision in animal barns.
  • Remember that healthy animals can carry germs that might make you sick.

For any questions about good habits around animals or staying healthy at the fairs and festivals, contact Four Corners Health Department by phone at (402) 362-2621 or toll free at 877-337-3573, and by email at info@fourcorners.ne.gov. Visit the Four Corners website at www.fourcorners.ne.gov. Be sure to stop at the Four Corners booth at the Butler, Polk, Seward, and York County Fairs.