Annual Safety Day aims to educate community

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By Jessica Hoover

Fishers Fire & Emergency Services and St. Vincent Fishers Hospital are partnering for a Sept. 8 Safety Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 8 at St. Vincent. A free event, Safety Day began 26 years ago on fire safety but now focuses on all aspects of safety, according to Fishers Fire Dept. captain John Mehling.

Firefighter Will Ortiz shows Ronan Gupta how to use a fire hose at last year’s Safety Day. (File photo)

The Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate/Junior High School choir will perform the national anthem, followed by opening remarks by Mayor Scott Fadness. A St. Vincent StatFlight helicopter also will make an appearance. At 10:30 a.m., the Fishers Junior High Strings will perform.

Safety demonstrations will be conducted every 30 minutes throughout the day. Demonstrations include The Kasey Program, where a black Labrador named Kasey helps teach children fire safety. In addition, St. Vincent will do a presentation on CPR abd FFD will do a demonstration on vehicle extrication.

“The best injury is the one that never happens,” Mehling said. “If we can prevent those things from happening, we’re going to save you a whole lot of money, whether it’s from having to get rides to your doctor’s appointments or medical costs or insurance rates going up or whatever else. The primary thing is that we want to keep you healthy. It’s all about keeping the whole community healthy.”

Safety Day booths will feature topics on kitchen safety, sports safety, drone safety, what to do in case of a fire, how to properly use seatbelts and car seats, how to eat healthy, how to stop bleeding, mental health, dental health and more.

In addition, there will be an emphasis on animal safety. Attendees can learn how to take care of pets during weather extreme; learn about vaccinations; and learn how to prepare animals in the event of a natural disaster.

Some organizations will give out free items such as bicycle helmets and car seat inspections. Local restaurants will offer free food samples. American Sign Language interpreters will be be at the event to serve the deaf community.

For more, visit fishers.in.us.


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