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Hot fun in store at SJI Fire Department's Safety Fair; Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m.

 Games, a coloring contest, a rescue demonstration, food and lots of fun are in store at San Juan Island Fire Department
Games, a coloring contest, a rescue demonstration, food and lots of fun are in store at San Juan Island Fire Department's Safety Fair, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Mullis Street Fire Station. The Safety Fair is held in conjunction with the annual 'Fire Prevention WeeK', Oct. 9 to Oct. 15.
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Games, a coloring contest, a rescue demonstration, food and lots of fun are on the agenda at the Safety Fair, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Mullis Street Fire Station.

Kids’ games include a bean bag toss, 911 twister, shooting down flames with a real fire hose and more. Participants may also use a fire extinguisher to put out a real fire.

A rescue demonstration will take place at noon; emergency workers will show how they operate at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. They will use the Jaws-of-Life to cut up a vehicle and show how efficient a child safety seat is in protecting a child in an accident.

Participating agencies include the San Juan Island Fire Department, San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, Firewise and the Red Cross.

EMS will also provide information about child safety seats and arrange to check anyone’s car seat.

Kids will able to sit in a fire engine, dress in firefighter gear and tour the fire station.

The coloring contest includes prizes for children of preschool age through grade 5. Entries must be turned in by 1 p.m., Sunday,  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.

Emergency workers will also cook a hotdog of your choice — beef, turkey or tofu. Other free goodies include chips, cookies, soda pop and juices.

The Safety Fair is held during Fire Prevention Week each year as a reminder to people about fire safety, in addition to safety and emergency preparedness in general. The 2011 Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15) theme this year is “Protect Your Family From Fire”.

Fire can strike anywhere — in buildings, automobiles, and the outdoors — but a fire that affects our homes are often the most tragic and most preventable. More than 75 percent of all fire fatalities occur in home fires.

You can protect your family by:installing smoke alarms on every level of your home, testing smoke alarms once a month, changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, and by making and practicing a home fire escape plan.

For more information about home fire escape plans or fire safety, call San Juan Island Fire Department, 378-5334.

 

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