Community safety fair to be held this Saturday

The 10th annual Community Safety Fair will take place Saturday at Jim Barnett Park.

The fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m and is free, is sponsored by the Winchester Medical Center and the Winchester Police Department, and is supported by the Winchester Medical Center Foundation.

Carol Weare, Valley Health public relations manager, said there will be more than 50 exhibitors who will inform the public on safe and smart habits for the whole family.

“The event routinely attracts about 500 people,”  Weare said. “This event is a fun venue that gives health care, law enforcement, fire and rescue and others a chance to meet and learn about safety concerns, response capabilities and more.”

She added, “A lot of learning goes on and in a fun, approachable way.”

Hospital, fire and rescue, law enforcement and other safety experts will speak on safety issues such as safe driving, self defense, fire prevention, medication safety and poison prevention.

Registered nurse Lisa Wells, who is trauma nurse coordinator at Winchester Medical Center and who has chaired the event for the past 10 years, said allergies will be another topic covered at the fair this year .

New to the fair this year will be a firearms safety instructor who will share tips on how to handle guns, and a representative from the Federal Aviation Administration who will advise on proper disaster responses.

Seatbelt safety and distracted driving will be a focus of the fair as it is “one of the major injuries in the area,” Wells said.

The fair will also include children’s activities such as games, a bounce house, magic and balloon bending, a dunk tank and face painting.  Kids are encouraged to bring their bikes and ride with a Winchester Police Department bike officer.

A drawing for a bike will be held and hot dogs and ice cream will be available.

In the event of rain, the Community Safety Fair will relocate to the System Support Building, 220 Campus Blvd., on the Winchester Medical Center campus.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or

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