A wide array of safety experts, first responder agencies and their equipment from across the Peninsula gathered for the second annual Kenai Fall Safety Day hosted by Home Depot on the first Saturday of September. “Our purpose was to provide the community with up to date information on community preparedness, safety topics and resources available,” said Home Depot assistant manager Mark Pierson. “Our kids clinic was more popular than ever this year but the event is for all ages and the entire family because safety is something we all need to be involved with parents, grandparents and children alike and one of our core values at Home Depot is giving back to the community and this is an opportunity for us to do that and we have fun doing it,” added Pierson.
The free event drew a good number of families that took advantage of the opportunity to have their car seats checked by Peninsula Safe Kids and learn about disaster preparedness kits from Glenda Landua of the Office of Emergency Management.
Kenai Fire Marshall Eric Wilcox welcomed the opportunity to discuss fire codes and compliance with local citizens, “As far as inspection and code enforcement I prefer to let people know what’s expected of them and help them reach what the code expects and work together with people for compliance and the platform Home Depot has provided here at the Kenai Safety Day gives me a chance to talk with people and have the products right here that they may need to bring their dwelling up to code,” said Wilcox.
According to Glenda Landua the Community Emergency Response Team (CERTS) has trained hundreds of local citizens in disaster preparedness and presently has 250 active volunteers, “Sometimes it takes an emergency like last November’s wind storm or floods to activate people to get them interested in preparedness, but we take advantage of Safety Days like this to help stem the usual apathy that can occur when we have a relatively emergency free season.
There are things that need to be done routinely like changing detector batteries and a little tip on your flashlight is to reverse the top battery and it will last years longer.
September is National Preparedness Month and we encourage people to check with our office for a simple check list or help with organizing your emergency,” she said. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency is located on Wilson Street in Soldotna and for more information you can call 262-2098.