Police, first responders discuss Mardi Gras safety tips

Photo Credit: KLFY

Over the years, most of us in Louisiana have grown accustomed to the pros and cons of Mardi Gras.

Health professionals have made it known that many of the items we use every day have some level of lead content. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issues a health warning for Mardi Gras season.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals issues a health warning for Mardi Gras season.

DHH says some beads and throws may contain lead.

According to DHH, children can be lead poisoned by mouthing lead painted surfaces and eating lead paint chips. Therefore, chewing on beads can be dangerous.

First responders with Acadian Ambulance will be on hand at the parades to help with emergency medical situations.

“Throughout the coverage area we serve and throughout the Mardi Gras festivities we will be having ambulances along the parade routes the best way to get to us is by dialing 911,” Chad Doucet, of Acadian Ambulance, told KLFY’s Renee Allen.

Corporal Paul Mouton of the Lafayette Police Department says uniformed officers will be manning the parade routes to enforce crowd control and monitor for safety.

Plus, plain clothes officers will be around watching for underage drinking.

“It’s a problem we see from Mardi Gras to Mardi Gras where we will have those underage whether it’s under the age of 21 or 18 that are consuming alcohol.  These undercover officers will be attentive to those type of issues in the crowd,” Mouton explained.

Mouton says parents should talk to their children.  KLFY asked Mouton about reports of items containing alcohol being tossed into the crowd; such as Jello shots.

“The krewes provide good throws, good beads and wrapped candy that’s been sealed.  Have that conversation with your child.  Let your parents inspect the items that you catch from the floats before they’re consumed,” Mouton said.

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