Kids have fun while learning important safety lessons at Anaheim Fire & Rescue’s safety fair
Smoke alarm … check. Bicycle helmet … check. Water watcher kit … check.
Families who attended the Fire Safety Fair and Movie Night hosted by Anaheim Fire & Rescue received those items and more.
The fair was held Oct. 6 at Sycamore Park to kick off Fire Prevention Week.
Children received free helmets to be worn while riding bikes, tricycles and scooters.
The kids also worked on fire-prevention themed crafts and were treated to a showing of the computer-animated Disney film, “Planes II: Fire and Rescue,” which centers around Dusty Crophopper’s training to become a firefighter.
“Today we kind of wanted to focus more on the children,” Fire Marshal Allen Hogue said.
And the goats and puppies were hugely popular with everyone.
Goats and puppies at a fire safety event?
Absolutely, the fire marshal said.
Goats typically are dispersed in rural areas to eat the dry vegetation that would otherwise be fuel for a brush fire, Hogue said, and dogs bred as herders are deployed to keep the goats together and protect them from predators.
“There are probably about 300 (goats) right now in Oak Canyon Nature Center,” the fire marshal said.
Libier Machuca, of Long Beach, attended the safety fair with her daughter and mother-in-law. She wanted to gather up as much information as she could.
“I just wanted to be more aware … be prepared for anything,” Machuca said.
Her daughter learned one important lesson.
“I learned that, for safety first, before we ride our tricycle, we need to put on a helmet and we need to put on a helmet before we ride a bike or a scooter,” said Machuca’s daughter, Audrey, 5.
Families could take enough smoke alarms to be installed in every bedroom and hallway in the house.
“I just wanted to learn more about what we can do to be a little safer,” said Jocelyn Aquino, who attended the fair with her 5-year-old son, Matthew, and 7-year-old daughter, Sophie.
Adults were taught the proper methods for spraying the chemicals from a fire extinguisher and could take home a water watcher kit containing everything a designated water watcher would need when keeping an eye on children in a pool.
“We had forgotten about water safety,” Aquino said. “That is something we had never thought of … have someone who is designated to watch the kids. If you have one designated person, it will be safer.”
Anaheim Fire & Rescue holds safety events periodically throughout the community.