Members of the Dexter, Roswell and Sierra fire departments simulate a rescue from a wrecked car during Kids Safety Day, Saturday, at Home Depot. Chaunte’l Powell Photo
In honor of Fire Safety Month, Home Depot hosted Kids Safety Day Saturday.
The day featured a kids’ workshop, where they could build their own fire trucks (with the help of parents, of course). There was also face painting, a jolly jump, hamburgers and hotdogs, prizes from the city policemen who were in attendance, an obstacle course and demonstration by the Sierra, Dexter and Roswell fire departments. A medevac helicopter landed during the day and kids and parents were able to take a look inside.
Merlin Quintanilla, a department supervisor at Home Depot said the event serves to educate children as well as bring people from around the area together.
“This is Fire Safety Awareness Month and that’s what we’re trying to teach them, about fire safety and just safety in general,” she said. “… I think it’s very important to get our community together and show our appreciation to our community.”
Across the parking lot from the kid’s workshop was what firefighter Lt. Matt Stuart called the “kiddie combat challenge,” a smaller version of the obstacle course firemen must complete before working for the fire department. Later that day the firemen simulated a rescue out of a wrecked vehicle. Stuart said it’s all in an effort to get kids to be comfortable around people that can help them in emergencies.
“We basically just take away some safety concerns we have, something along the lines of knowing what to do if you have a fire,” he said. “What we really want to do is be out in the community and let them meet the firemen, so when they see us out and about they’re not afraid if something happens.”
He added it’s good to get out and be seen in the community and put on an event where kids can have fun and possibly be encouraged to become fire fighters as well. Stuart said kids are welcome to visit any of the local fire stations to take a tour, meet the firemen and learn more about the profession.
Stuart added that as the seasons change and the weather cools off there are certain safety precautions families should take. The first is getting a carbon monoxide detector for their household. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer because it is a colorless, odorless gas. He also noted families should continue to use caution when using space heaters or anything that requires lighting.
The first Saturday of every month is for the children at Home Depot. Parents can bring their children out and they will receive a different building project, a certificate, a pin and an apron.