About 50 Junior Volunteers are helping today as the Valley Hospital and Medical Center holds its annual Carnival of Safety.
From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the hospital, 12606 E. Mission Ave., kids can learn about safety from 59 booths. Many of the booths include hands-on activities. The carnival draws roughly 5,000 children and parents each year.
New this year is the Archy and Sparky Electrical Safety Show, sponsored by Modern Electric Water Co. Situations such as a kite caught on a power line are used to teach safety.
Sun safety, bicycle safety, helmet safety, fire safety - the list of topics is lengthy and varied.
Organizer Linda Cox said she’s thrilled that the Spokane Valley Fire Department is bringing its E.D.I.T.H. House to the carnival. Children go inside the house, where they may see a “fire” - or perhaps just “smoke” from some dry ice. They learn how to leave a building safely when there is a fire.
Children also have the chance to operate a fire extinguisher, learn about railroad safety, poison prevention and CPR.
This is the 11th year the hospital has put on the fair. This past year it won a state award as the best safety program in the state for a medium-sized hospital.
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