Police offer safety tips for people at Balloon Fiesta

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – This week, thousands more people are expected to pass through the gates at Balloon Fiesta Park. Police are reminding everyone to only bring what you need.

Albuquerque Police say they want to make this event as safe as possible, protecting your safety and the safety of others. So, they are encouraging you to pack lightly.

Police will be checking bags at the gates as you pass through, and there are also other important reminders.

“We don’t want anyone to come out without anything they might need, but don’t bring the kitchen sink,” said Officer Tanner Tixier.

Thousands of children are also expected to head to Balloon Fiesta park to watch the balloons fly. State Police are encouraging parents to do something quick that could give you some peace of mind in case any kids wander off.

It takes just a couple of minutes to get a wristband for your child at Balloon Fiesta park. The idea behind “Tag Your Tots” is to help locate parents if your child gets lost.

Children are fitted with a band that’s numbered, and when a child is found authorities in Balloon Fiesta Park can cross reference the number and call parents to come get their child.

All you have to do is stop by the New Mexico State Police command post to get a wristband. State police say if a child is not tagged, it makes it much harder to locate the parents.

The first of year of this program at Balloon Fiesta was in 2013 and hundreds, if not thousands, take advantage of it every year.

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