What makes a community healthy and safe? If you were one of the hundreds of Lake Stevens residents who visited the annual Health & Safety Fair last Saturday, you had the opportunity to see that there are many facets to that question.
In a fun and entertaining environment in the Albertson’s parking lot, dozens of local businesses joined the Lake Stevens Fire Department and the Lake Stevens Police to teach residents the many ways to stay safe.
“The Health & Safety Fair gives us an opportunity to educate our community,” Laana Larson, Communications Director for Lake Stevens Fire District said. “It’s an event where you can come and enjoy and not have to pay.”
One of the highlights for kids and adults alike was the opportunity to get inside of a real fire truck and sit at the wheel of the police department’s new marine boat.
Lake Stevens Sewer, Chamber of Commerce, Family Center along with local businesses and service clubs were all able to share ways to stay safe and how we can all contribute to a healthy community.
The first Lake Stevens Health & Safety Fair started in 2006 with only a handful of businesses participating. Only five short years later, over 30 businesses were on hand to support this important event and to interact with residents.
“Each year we’ve been able to grow and include different dimensions of a healthy community,” Larson said. “It’s really a win-win.”
Kids could get a bike helmet check and parents had the opportunity to learn how to properly secure their babies in their car seats.
From there, many kids enjoyed balloon animals by Watermelon Wilma and danced to the music of Diana Ruiz. Face painting and a bouncy house also attracted kids of all ages. Parents found out more about earth friendly paints, keeping drains clean and good nutrition.