Tips To Keep Your Children Safe At Festivals This Summer - WSPA.com

Tips To Keep Your Children Safe At Festivals This Summer

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It's a parent's worst nightmare and police say the scares, keep them busy.

In Spartanburg, Spring Fling kicked off Friday.

Spartanburg Public Safety Captain Art Littlejohn says missing children complaints are their number one calls during festivals.

"It only takes a second," he explained. "Maybe you're in line waiting to get a drink, and then the child sees something that's very interesting, and then all of a sudden, they're gone."

Cpt. Littlejohn says almost every hour, officers are on the radio trying to locate a missing child or find a parent.

He says there are some important steps you can take - to make sure this doesn't happen.

Talk with your child about a place you can meet up, if you get separated.

Officers say another thing you should do is take a picture of your child's clothing before you head out to the festival.

That will help them have a clear description of what the child looks like and the exact clothes they're wearing at the time.

If you have a picture on your smart-phone, make sure you show it to officers.

Last year - Spartanburg Public Safety sent those photos out to everyone on patrol to help in the search.

This weekend, there will be plenty of officers on hand to help if this happens to you.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says the same safety rules apply if you're headed to an amusement or theme park.

Talk to you children, before you go. Tell them to find a help desk or information center if they get lost.

It's also a good idea to give your child a contact card so they have your name and number written down if they need it.

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