Safe Kids fair is June 7 at Barkley cinemas


Safe Kids fair, Bellingham

Bellingham Fire Department's Jesse Ireland helps an unidentified child with a fire hose at the 2013 Safe Kids fair.


Safety education in its many forms is the theme of the fifth annual Safe Kids Whatcom County fair, which brings together several local agencies that offer educational advice on issues as varied as water safety, fire safety and how to use public transportation wisely.

It's free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Barkley Regal Cinemas parking lot near the corner of Barkley Boulevard and Woburn Street. Visitors will see fire engines and a ladder truck up close, discover what it looks like inside a police cruiser, see the iconic Mr. Yuck and learn about boating and swimming safely, and see some of Medic One's first-aid gear - including an automatic CPR device.

Participating agencies include Bellingham Fire Department, South Whatcom Fire Authority, Whatcom County Fire Safety House, Washington State Patrol, and Whatcom County Sheriff's Office, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Washington Poison Control Center, Whatcom Transportation Authority, everybodyBIKE, Whatcom County Child Passenger Safety Team; CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), Mount Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross, Puget Sound Energy, Western Solar, Firefighters for Fun, and Airlift Northwest.

Among the more popular activities are the free car-seat checks, a bicycle skills course, and the Fire Safety House, where participants learn what to do in a fire. Children watch a safety video and then go into a mock-up of a child's bedroom, where fake smoke simulates a fire and children must find two ways to escape.

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