FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Fort Riley's focus Thursday was on keeping soldiers and their families during the spring and summer months. Local and state organizations participated in an annual safety fair at the installation's hospital.
In an effort to prevent spring and summer injuries, Irwin Army Community Hospital hosted a summer Safety Day on April 19th in the IACH parking lot on post.
Agencies set up displays and provided interactive events and informational materials to attendees.
"We've been doing it for six years and each year, we try to get bigger and try to provide more displays to help people understand that the only way they can be safe is if they take a positive step forward. They’re the one that is responsible for their own safety and only through their actions, can they remain safe or injury free throughout this season. Information is power. Knowledge is power. And so if we can get the word out and get people to understand that in everything they do in life, there’s a risk and we don’t want people to be risk adverse. We want people to understand what the risks are in anything they do, whether it’s camping, canoeing or digging in their backyard. There are risks inherent to that and so if we can get them to understand that once you recognize what the risk is then you can mitigate it by removing the risk or decreasing it and then they will be safer," said Ron Knight, IACH Safety & Occupational Health Manager.
"And it’s proven itself over the last six years to be effective. We’ve had a 98% decrease in our off duty injuries for our staff here at the hospital because of putting this on. People realize when they’re at home this spring and I’m painting the house, they need to make sure that their ladder is safe and that they’re using it correctly. A great example is the storms we just had. We do lightning safety classes, we do severe weather classes and so we not only teach them what their actions are to remain safe within our building and all of our outlying buildings for the hospital but this is what they do at home. This is how you stay safe at home," he added.
"We’re giving them information on emergency management and preparedness kits so that they can be better prepared here in Kansas if a storm hits, a tornado, a flood, any kind of severe weather. A lot of the families here transitioning through Fort Riley, they may be new to the area and they need to be informed and make sure that they have a weather radio and are prepared for any type of storms," explained Todd Pickering with IACH Plans.
Some of the organizations who attended were Kansas Traffic Resource Officer, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Life Star of Kansas provided a static display of a helicopter for children and adults to explore.
Also in attendance: the Fort Riley Fire Department, Fort Riley Police Department, Fort Riley EMS and Army Corp of Engineers. There were also booths set up for information on home and ladder safety when doing different projects on your home or in your yard, home chemical safety, motorcycle safety and boating and jet skiing safety.