This summer many in Connecticut will be heading back to our state’s zoos, aquariums, and museums for the first time in over a year. These incredible resources for education and enrichment for our children are wonderful destinations to learn and discover new and exciting things about the world around us. Like going back to anywhere you haven’t been in a while it is good to remember how to stay safe when attending one of these institutions.
As June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month it is a good time to go over some of the safety rules you should instill in your kids before you go to one of these places so they will be able to avoid a New Haven slip and fall injury.
- No running. Just like you would tell your child when swimming at a pool, running can be dangerous and can lead to injury. The ground outside of exhibits at both zoos and aquariums can be wet and slippery and without proper precaution these grounds can become hazards very quickly.
- Keep your hands to yourself. When visiting a zoo or an aquarium you are viewing wild animals. While these animals are often friendlier then those found in their natural habitat they are still unpredictable and if provoked, can present an injury risk. Keeping your hands out of cages and tanks will make sure you stay safe.
- Limit the goofing off. Especially if you’re visiting a zoo or an aquarium with a friend or a group of friends kids are known to get a little too silly and accidents can happen. Of course having fun is ok, but safety should be of the utmost concern as well.
The Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport and the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic are two wonderful destinations for kids and families of all ages in our state. Their staff are professional and take safety very seriously. It is incumbent upon you, as a visitor to these wonderful destinations, to avoid getting hurt in a slip and fall accident by following some very simple safety steps.
After what was a long, hard year for families and educators, we wish you a safe and happy return to these wonderfully enriching experiences.