MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

May 29, 2013

Safety Day offers good lessons

Being safe does not necessarily mean eliminating fun.

That’s part of the message we hope children learned Saturday during Safety Day.

Safety Day was held in an effort to raise awareness of safety and of services provided by the eight agencies that participated.

A “Bicycle Rodeo” was set up — with cones to steer around and two stop signs — courtesy of the Health Department. Youths who participated received a free bicycle helmet.

Toya Tate said she brought her daughters specifically for the bike training.

“My girls always ride bikes,” she said. “So they need to learn how to be safe doing it. We live in a busy residential area, and I’ve seen kids almost get hit by cars.”

Doug Walton, the coordinator for the Muskogee County Food and Fitness Initiative, helped the youths with their helmets and also performed bicycle safety checks.

“We’re trying to teach them basic safety,” he said. “So when they’re riding they have some basic skills for protecting themselves and having fun.”

“Safety Day,” was a part of National EMS Week put on by Muskogee County Emergency Medical Service and the Muskogee County Health Department.

“We came out here as one big team today,” said Mechele Cruz, the community relations coordinator for EMS. “We’re trying to make a difference. It’s good for us to come out and interact with the public, so in the event of a professional interaction with them, they aren’t afraid of us.”

Teaching children safety and helping bridge the gap between the agencies and the public was well worth everyone’s effort.

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