This Saturday, the community gathered at the Washington Township Fire Department to recognize public and family safety and have a great time. Events and activities provided lots of fun for kids while parents learned about safety facts at numerous educational booths. Some of the activities included tours of the Washington Township Fire Station, an ambulance display, safety stations, and a meet & greet with Sparky the Fire Dog.
General Insurance Services (GIS) has helped co-host Family Safety Day for the past three years, in part to deliver on their promise to their clients and community: protecting what matters most.
“Impacting our community in an educational way is incredibly important to us,” said Kara Moon, marketing coordinator at GIS. “If we can help to teach kids and parents how to prevent fires in their homes and how to be safe, the long-term effect of that is fewer insurance claims that will need to be filed. It ultimately comes back to our mission of securing the future of the communities we serve.”
One of the new games at the event this year was an "Insurance Reality Check," which let children choose the items they wanted in their dream home and then choose an insurance plan for their favorite items. After that, the game became really exciting when the kids spun the ‘Wheel of Peril’ to see if anything happens to their home, such as a flood or a fire. The activity was designed to help families understand the idea behind how the right insurance plans can help protect families and their assets.
Michelle Snider, personal lines agent at GIS, said Family Safety Day is one of her favorite events because it means children are having fun and learning about necessary safety precautions.
“We want families to be safe more than anything, and this event really helps introduce important ideas in a fun environment,” Snider said. “Kids can play games, make their own first aid kit, learn from firefighters how to use a fire extinguisher, color, tour an ambulance, try on firefighter gear, and more.”
This unique event brought in many happy and engaged kids but impressed the parents as well.
“This is a wonderful event for me and my kids” said Hillary Fraise from the Valparaiso area. “We’ve been to events similar to this one, but nothing as in-depth and education based as this one - and my kids are having a lot of fun!”
Family Safety Day is also important to firefighters at the Washington Township Fire Department. October is National Fire Prevention Month and getting kids and families educated about safety precautions is something the team at Washington Township Fire Department take to heart.
“This event is the most important community outreach we do,” said Nathan Calabrese of the Washington Township Fire Department. “We teach adults all the time, but when the kids learn this information at a younger age and in a fun way, we’ve found the info stays with them longer, and that is so important to us.”
The event also creates awareness about the fire department and its work in the community.
“This event means that we help teach kids about fire safety, but it also means that we can spark some interest for the department as well,” said Fire Chief Robert Huffstodt. “Sometimes we can get parents to become volunteers here.”
Women and men who are interested in becoming volunteer firefighters with Washington Township Fire Department can find more information at https://www.facebook.com/WTVFD2900/
Families can learn more about safety information by checking out General Insurance Services website at https://www.genins.com. Make sure to keep an eye out for Family Safety Day 2020!