June 23, 2010
Attention: AMSC Members – Please distribute to all appropriate personnel
Parade Risk Management
Everybody loves a parade on a warm summer day. Local groups join together to assemble floats, bands, performers and animal groups. Here are some risk control tips to help ensure parades are safe events.
- Have crowd control personnel and emergency services on hand (police, fire services, ambulance services).
- Utilize sanitation crews to clean up after the parade.
- Establish a parade route that takes into account all traffic detours and street blockades, assembly and dispersal areas for set up at the beginning and end.
- Avoid overpasses, excavation or construction work as well as streets with odd turns, those that are narrow and/or have extreme upgrades/downgrades.
- Distribute the route to municipal officials, emergency services and parade participants.
- Assign unit captains to accompany parade units through the parade route to handle any problems/breakdowns/emergencies (equip them with 2 way radios or cell phones).
- Ensure adequate space in assembly and disassembly areas (beginning and end of parade route).
- Obtain certificates of insurance on all vehicles.
- Ensure drivers/operators participating in parades have adequate experience and qualifications to be in the parade.
- Do not allow operators to drink and drive.
- Adequate supervision should be available if there are large groups of children (i.e. boy/girl scouts) participating in the parade.
- Ensure sufficient room has been allotted to accommodate spectators.
- Establish secure locations of all grandstands, judging platforms, television stands, first aid stations, emergency tow vehicles and ambulances.
- Examine float heights to ensure they meet the height requirements necessary and don’t hit low hanging lights.
- Ensure float decorations do not obscure the driver’s view of the road and that drivers/operators can hear verbal instructions.
- Prohibit traffic from driving down streets where crowds have gathered to watch.
- Ensure animals participating in the parade are well-trained, calm and adequately supervised. Animal groups should be separated from children on motorized quads or bikes, so as to avoid the potential of startling the animals.
- Consider establishing guidelines about what can be thrown from floats. (i.e. small prizes/food), and urge those throwing them to use caution, or better still to have walkers hand them out to the children.
For more information on Risk Management for a no-obligation Comprehensive Service Proposal please contact Will Burtenshaw by telephone at 310-AUMA (2862) or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Officer, Risk & Energy Services
|Will Burtenshaw, CAIB CIP CRM|
Senior Director, Risk Claims and Other Services