Safety Day sends important messages to students

By Special to the DCI

Safety Day sends important messages to students | school, Paonia Elementary, Hotchkiss K-8,

Photo submitted Hotchkiss volunteer fireman Tyrell Clock converses with elementary student Madison Shiflet during Safety Day. Throughout the month of October local EMS and law enforcement agencies and organizations visited Paonia and Hotchkiss schools to

During the month of October, local agencies presented Safety Day at Paonia Elementary and Hotchkiss K-8 schools. The events were intended to bring some important messages to students. North Fork Ambulance was on hand to remind kids that EMS is here to help. They encouraged all kids to wear their helmets when they ride their bicycles and to always wear their seat belts when traveling in a car.

The goal of North Fork Ambulance was to reassure students that if they face an emergency situation they will get help from the Emergency Medical personnel.

Paonia Fire Department provided a safety talk before students went outside in groups to tour the fire trucks. They asked the students to remind their parents that Daylight Savings Time is a good time to change the batteries in their home smoke detectors. Firemen encouraged each student to take part in forming a family escape plan in case of fire and designate a place to meet outside the home in case of an emergency.

Local law enforcement was represented by the Hotchkiss Town Marshal's Office, Paonia Police Department and Delta County Sheriff's Office. They shared three very important safety take-away messages:

1. Whenever you are afraid or something is wrong, go to the nearest trusted adult or first responder for help. Dial 9-1-1 only in emergencies.

2. When playing near or crossing streets, make sure to look both ways and cross only when there are no vehicles driving in the roadway.

3. When riding your bicycle, always wear safety equipment and stay off the roadway. When crossing the street push your bicycle.

The mild fall weather was a perfect setting to bring the kids out from their normal class schedules to spend time learning about these vital community services.

Delta County Dispatch reminded students of the importance of knowing their home address and being able to describe their surroundings in case they have an emergency when they're away from home. Students can also receive 9-1-1- emergency messages by text with their mobile phones.

This Safety Day program, which reached nearly 560 students, was organized by the local schools and the North Fork Ambulance.

The presentation will be coming to Crawford Montessori School on Nov. 9.

A big thanks to all the representatives from these agencies who volunteer their time to educate, and respond to emergencies of all kinds in the North Fork valley.