By MARLO BARNHART
Youngsters can have some fun while learning about safety during the Safe Kids Gear-Up Games Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eastern Elementary School.
While the entire family is invited, the interactive games are for children 14 and under.
There will be Wheel-O's, in which participants don helmets and other protective equipment and ride a tricycle to the next event.
The next events include:
- Mulch Mountain Relay - players compete to see who will be first to fill a foot-deep playground with buckets of mulch.
- Buckle Up Partner - inside a split rail fence, contestants will climb into the a car and buckle up a three-point harness.
- Take A Seat! - inside the corral, competitors have to match up pictures of children of different ages and sizes with proper child safety seats.
- Mercury Masters - players place a velcro hot sticker on a giant thermometer to show the proper setting for a water heater to prevent scalding.
- Up, Up and Away - contestants will select the poisonous product out of a variety of products and place it on the top shelf away from young children.
- Beep! Beep! - to test knowledge of fire safety, contestants will enter a house and test a smoke detector on the wall.
- Stop, Drop and Roll - youngsters will continue through that house, each wearing a vest decorated with "flames'' to show how to put them out.
- Emergency - contestants will dial 911 on a toy phone to demonstrate how to call for help.
Sponsored by Safe Kids of Washington County, the Saturday event kicks off National Safe Kids Week, according to Beth Kirkpatrick, coordinator.