Fair teaches kids to stay safe

Fair teaches kids to stay safe

K.J. Woosley, 8, of Dayville receives help with an emergency escape from a model house at the second-annual Health and Safety Fair, hosted by the Grant County Safe Communities Coalition on March 13. Lending a hand are Long Creek volunteer firefighters Jake Wiinslow (top) and Trese Helstowski. Approximately 537 children attended this year's fair. Children from Humbolt Elementary, Senenca, Dayville, Monument, Long Creek, Prairie City and Family Christian School as well as a few home schooled and pre-school age children attended, according to GerriAnne Graham, program coordinator for Grant County Safe Communities. The fair featured the Grant County Health Department and Dave Welch, chief of the Prairie City Police, demonstrating how to properly use a seat belt; John Day Dispatch taught when to use 911; Harvey Bliss, retired transportation director with Grant School District No. 3, talked about school bus safety; local fire teams discussed home fire safety and wildfires.

Tonya Drayden, education coordinator for the Oregon Poison Control Center at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, provided information about poisons in and around the home. The poison hotline is 1-800-222-1222.

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