By JOSH VARDAMAN
Courier staff writer
---- — OTTUMWA—O’Hara’s Hardware hosted its seventh annual Safety Day on Saturday in the parking lot of the store on Main Street.
“It helps promote safety to the public,” manager and organizer Jerry Phillips said. “We have good community participation every year.”
Blank Children’s Hospital brought their Fire Safety House for guests to walk through, which simulates being in a house during a real fire. It teaches how to react in case of a real fire, and instruction was given by professionals about what to do.
Other participants were the Ottumwa Fire Department, Wapello County Sheriff Department, Ottumwa Police Department, Wapello County Rural Fire Department, ORHC ORMICS, Southern Prairie Red Cross, JROTC Ottumwa Chapter and Operation Lifesaver.
Iowa State Highway Patrol officer Jim Karp was also on hand to demonstrate a vehicle rollover at 35 mph. The machine looks like the cab of a vehicle, and Karp controls the rolling via a remote control. Dummies on the inside then flip around and get ejected from the machine, simulating what would happen in a real car accident with the driver and passenger not wearing their seatbelts.
“I’ve been doing this six years,” Karp said. “I come to remind people to wear their seatbelts.”
If teaching children how to be safe was not enough, Bubba-Q’s was there offering delicious barbeque and the Morning Kiwanis had funnel cakes.