Safety Tips for Parade Day
Posted by paradefloats on July 27, 2007
Ensure a successful parade day from start to finish by preparing everyone involved with your float with appropriate safety information.
Keep everything in order by designating a student or volunteer to serve as the “float safety officer” to enforce and keep track of safety rules. This will help cut down on miscommunication about safety procedures.
Practice float escape plans in case of an emergency. Make sure everyone knows how to properly and safely get off the float in a hurry.
Make sure there is at least on fire extinguisher on the float and that the safety officer (or each student) knows how to use it.
Know the parade route and go over any potential trouble spots with the group.
Attach “slow moving” caution signs to the back of your trailer to keep your float safe on the way to the parade.
Secure all decorations firmly to the float. Tie all riders with a safety harness or have something stable for them to hold so they are not in danger of falling down or being thrown from the float.
Check all electrical equipment prior to the parade. Make sure there are no leaks and that all equipment is in proper operating condition.
Have a back-up plan in case of bad weather.