Safety is a priority at Hoopfest 2018

Safety is a priority at Hoopfest 2018

City of Spokane public safety officials are asking attendees of Hoopfest to follow several safety tips, to make sure the weekend is fun and safe for all.

The Spokane Police Department will be providing security at the event, and the Spokane Fire Department’s PedMed Program, which deploys paramedics in otherwise inaccessible places, will be working the event.

Public safety officials ask that people keep the following tips in mind during the big weekend:

Choose an alternative route to avoid congestion if you do not need to be downtown.
Take public transportation if you can.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Immediately report suspicious activity to law enforcement officials.
Never leave children unattended.
Lock ALL vehicle doors and secure windows. If possible use a vehicle anti-theft device.
Do not leave any valuables in vehicles.
Drivers should slow down and be aware of extra pedestrian activity.
Pedestrians should exercise extra caution and watch for traffic.
Do not leave purses or bags unattended.
Animals are prohibited during special events, so please leave them at home (service animals are permitted).
Remember open containers are not allowed.

In addition, it is always important t summer events to work to prevent heat related illnesses:

Avoid heavy exertion, extreme heat, sun exposure, and high humidity when possible.
If you are active, monitor your physical condition and that of your friends or teammates for signs or symptoms of heat illnesses.
Drink plenty of water – don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as cotton.

Parking is also not allowed at bagged meters downtown, because those areas will be used for Hoopfest equipment.

You can find the 2018 Hoopfest map here.