Christi Christner | Johnson Publications
Imperial Volunteer fire fighter Bill Whitlow, far left, and Skip Kelley watch as Candace Cayer tests her fire extinguisher skills. Rose Cayer, far right, intently watches.
Health fair not stifled by cold rainy weather
Many Chase County residents utilized the “Defend Your Health” Wellness Fair Saturday, Sept. 29, sponsored by the Chase County Community Hospital (CCCH).
Not only were various vendors present, all with free screenings, but the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), Imperial Volunteer Fire Department (IVFD) and Wauneta and Imperial EMS aided in the informational day.
Due to bad weather the LifeNet helicopter was not able to land. However, the NSP brought its Rollover Crash Simulator.
Using a dummy, the simulator showed how far and fast items and people can be thrown from a vehicle during a rollover accident if not wearing a seat belt.
All windows were rolled down to simulate broken windows that are sure to happen in the midst of a rollover accident.
The simulator was one of the public’s favorite activities along with the EKG screenings, blood pressure tests, weights and Body Mass Index (BMI) screening, said Shannon Kuhlmann, health fair and immunization clinic coordinator.
The IVFD focused on proper fire extinguisher safety. Before giving fairgoers an opportunity to practice their fire extinguisher skills, fire fighters Bill Whitlow and Skip Kelley explained that when using a fire extinguisher one should only clear a path to safely exit a hazardous situation.
“They are a great tool to get you out of a bad situation. Use them as a tool to get out of a structure or combine, and then exit immediately,” said Kelley.
The Wauneta EMS showed people how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) while the Imperial EMS gave EKGS screenings that were read by Dr. David Younger.
The fair also had results for anyone who had taken advantage of the blood draws for general health profiles and several other tests earlier in the week at the Wauneta and Imperial clinics. According to Kuhlmann there were 404 lab draws done, and any results that were not picked up during the health fair were mailed out Monday.
Because the weather consisted of wind and spitting rain, Kuhlmann says that the next biannual health fair will more than likely be held indoors