Hazard house is ready for tours at Chilliwack Safety Village

The Kiwanis Club members have been working hard on the construction project for about seven years.

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Chilliwack chat during a celebration for the grand opening of the Hazard House at the Chilliwack Safety Village on Saturday. The building is an educational tool for elementary children and features various household dangers

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Chilliwack are proud of their efforts to improve the Chilliwack Safety Village at Fairfield Park by constructing a brand-new “hazard house” facility on-site.

“We have been building a hazard house and it was just completed,” said Kiwanis vice-president Paul Rogers.

Years ago they had to make do with a portable safety house in which Chilliwack Fire Department personnel would offer fire safety training to elementary school students.

“But the portable hazard house that we had disintegrated over the years,” Rogers explained.

The Kiwanis Club members have been working collaboratively on the construction project for about seven years.

“But we’ve been pushing to get it done in the last year or so,” he said.

Service is at the heart of Kiwanis clubs’ efforts, and their focus is on “changing the world by serving children,” according Kiwanis International.

The hazard house project cost about $15,000 in supplies and is worth about $25,000 with in-kind donations.

Earlier this month the finishing touches were done at the site.

An open house was held April 12 at the Safety Village in Fairfield park off Clare Avenue.

Other Kiwanis Club of Chilliwack projects include:

•    Layettes, for babies and families in need.

•    Baby Safe program

•    Party in the Park

•    Super Reader programming and logistics

•    McCammon Soup Program