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Fun-filled Safety Fair Saturday at Mullis Street fire station

Games, a coloring contest, a rescue demonstration, food and lots of fun are on the agenda at the Safety Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Mullis Street fire station. - Contributed photo
Games, a coloring contest, a rescue demonstration, food and lots of fun are on the agenda at the Safety Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Mullis Street fire station.
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Games, a coloring contest, a rescue demonstration, food and lots of fun are on the agenda at the Safety Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Mullis Street fire station.

Participating agencies include the Friday Harbor Fire Department, the San Juan Island Fire Department, San Juan Emergency Medical Services, the Sheriff’s Office, the fire marshal, the Red Cross, Firewise, OPALCO, San Juan County Health Department and the San Juan Ham Radio Operators.

Children's games include a bean bag toss, 911 twister, shooting the flames with a real fire hose, the Passport to Safety activity and more.

A rescue demonstration will be held at noon where emergency workers will show how they operate at the scene of a motor vehicle accident in a scenario involving a downed power line. They will use the Jaws-of-Life to cut up a vehicle and will show how efficient a child safety seat is in protecting a child in an accident. EMS will also provide information about child safety seats and will make arrangements to check anyone’s car seat.

The Friday Harbor Fire Department will have its ladder truck there and will talk about its importance in firefighting on the island.

Children will be able to sit in the fire engines, dress in firefighter gear and tour the fire station. Also McGruff the Crime Dog will be there.

There will also be a coloring contest with prizes for children preschool age through grade 5. Entries must be turned in by 1 p.m. on Saturday, at the Mullis Street station. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. The coloring page will be passed out at the schools during fire prevention week or you may pick them up at the Mullis Street Fire Station.

Red Cross workers will also cook you a hotdog of choice – beef, turkey or tofu. Other free goodies include chips, cookies, soda pop and juices.

The Safety Fair is held during Fire Prevention Week as a reminder to people about fire safety, in addition to safety and emergency preparedness in general. The 2009 Fire Prevention Week theme this year is “Don’t Get Burned.” Families are asked to develop a home escape plan and practice it regularly.

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