INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana State Fair starts on Friday but before the fun can begin all the rides must be inspected first.
The state fire marshal and his amusement park ride inspectors have been busy since Tuesday checking the 52 rides and the paperwork associated with each ride.
“Doing annual inspections on some and periodical inspections on some of the other ones that have already been in the state,” Ian Connor with Indiana Department of Homeland Security said. “But the State Fair has asked them to check all of the rides again. So we are checking all of them for things to make sure that they are set up properly. To make sure that if they spin or that they rotate, that they are doing all of the proper rotations that they are supposed to do, and making sure they go as fast as they are supposed to.”
If it moves or carries people, it’s inspected, says Connor.
Inspectors working through the State Fire Marshal and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security check a lot more than just the mechanics of the rides, says Chief Inspector Tom Hendricks.
“We are starting at the base. We are going to look at the blocking. We are going to look at how the ride is supported. Make sure everything is level,” Hendricks says.
Every ride that’s open during the fair should have a Department of Homeland Security inspection sticker. It’s your proof that the ride has been inspected. However, the inspections only make sure the ride is safe mechanically. The Department of Homeland Security says to make sure you obey the rules, especially when it comes to height limits.
“Especially height limits. And also if somebody doesn’t feel comfortable on a ride, don’t get on the ride,” says Ian Connor of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
If a ride is found to be unsafe, it will not be open when the midway opens. During the run of the fair, inspectors will walk the midway to check on ride operators. If they see something they don’t like, they’ll take action.
The Indiana State Fair runs August 1 to August 17.