NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Annual Jessamine County Emergency Medical Services (JCEMS) EMS Kids Safety Day on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. will offer useful safety information, age-appropriate games and prizes, food, fun—and even an opportunity for an up-close look at a helicopter.
The event is held to help parents, families and children aged approximately 6 months – 12 years) prepare for spring and summer months by providing useful safety information and tips in a fun and non-threatening environment.
“This is a great opportunity for the county’s EMS, fire and other safety personnel to interact with parents and children,” JCEMS Lieutenant Paramedic April Jenkins said. “For example, it can sometimes be difficult for parents to know whether or not their child’s injury or illness requires a 911 call. We provide a lot of ‘If you suspect this…do this’ info—and parents really love it.”
A dunking booth and blow up obstacle course will be available, as well as giveaways including a YMCA family pool pass for the 2017 season, bicycles and helmet (boy/girl, different sizes), push scooters, life jackets (infant – 90 lbs., boys and girls), basketballs, soccer balls, slip and slides, water guns, Barbie dolls, and more. Each child who attends will receive five tickets to redeem for free food, including hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, and cotton candy. Attendees have the option to purchase additional food tickets (five tickets for $5).
“In addition to games, prizes, and food, the kids who attend the event get lots of useful safety informational, although they don’t realize that what’s happening is educational,” Jenkins said. “They meet us, interact with us, and learn, but they don’t realize they are being taught bicycle and water safety.”
Community CPR will be a new addition to the event schedule, according to Jenkins. “We will have stations and show both parents and children how to do CPR. Participants won’t be certified, but they will walk away with useful information—and some information is better than none,” Jenkins said. Information and tips on how to spot and prevent bullying will also be new additions to the program. Other informational features include but aren’t limited to: bicycle helmet safety, water safety, the DARE programs, and a kick off to the JCPL summer reading program.
The event is the result of efforts and donations of a large number of community organizations, including but not limited to JCEMS, Jessamine County Fiscal Court (JCFC), Nicholasville Fire Department (NFD), Jessamine County Animal Shelter (JCAS), Jessamine County Public Library (JCPL), DARE, and the Kentucky Air National Guard. Proceeds from sales of additional food will be donated to Nicholasville Toy Drive for Christmas.
The event will be held in the Nicholasville Lowes parking lot at 1421 Keene Road, Nicholasville.
For more information, contact JCEMS at 859-887-2987, visit www.jessamineco.com or like “Jessamine County, Kentucky” on Facebook.