Gear-Up Games planned

May 06, 1997


Staff Writer

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.


Also supporting the events are the Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown City Police, Hagerstown Fire Department, Children's Village, Washington County Health Department, The Herald-Mail Co., WQCM radio station and a number of community members.

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