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Safety At The Auction

GATE OPENING REMINDER: Children and older folks are asked to stay away from the front lines before and especially during the opening ceremonies, Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 8:00am. The gate opening is marked by a mad dash of eager buyers, so be safe and let the crowds pass before you move forward.

Safety is Priority # 1

The Bainbridge Island Rotary Club deeply appreciates the enthusiastic support its annual Auction & Rummage Sale enjoys in our community.  We thank the thousands of people who participate in the event.  We want you and everyone to have a rewarding, fun-filled experience, but know that Safety is Priority # 1.


General Safety Guidelines

Whatever you are doing during Preview Night and the Auction & Rummage Sale, please observe the following General Safety Guidelines:

  • Practice situational awareness by knowing:
    1. Where you are.
    2. What is going on around you.
  • Have fun but never at the expense of your safety or those around you.
  • If an item is heavy or awkward to pick up or carry, ask for help.
  • Avoid exhaustion:
    1. Pacing yourself.
    2. Taking regular breaks;
    3. Drinking lots of water.  Bottled water is available for purchase in the food service area inside Woodward Middle School.
  • Protect yourself from the elements by:
    1. Wearing water resistant clothing if it is raining.
    2. Wearing a hat and sun screen if it is sunny.
  • Wash your hands before eating,
  • If you suffer an injury, stop what you are doing and immediately seek first aid (see below).


Safety During the Auction & Rummage Sale

One of the trademark events at the Auction & Rummage Sale is the opening, headlong rush of attendees onto the Woodward Middle School campus as soon as the last note of the National Anthem sounds at 8:00 AM.  Beginning hours earlier, attendees assemble at every entrance to the campus.  Many position themselves for their initial run to the items they read about on this website, or observed during Preview Night.  This event is exciting and fun to participate in and watch. However, it can be dangerous to the participants and people who unwittingly get in their way. This can lead to slips, trips and falls, and collisions between people.

Many people in the assembled crowd have no intention of running onto the campus  If that describes you, position yourself away from the front of the crowd.  If you are unsure whether you are far enough back, ask those around you if they plan to run.  This is particularly important for parents with young children, pregnant women, elderly people and anyone not able to run.

If you plan to run, please observe the following rules from the moment you start to run until you arrive at your destination:

  • Watch out for and avoid anyone standing or walking in your path.
  • Never push anyone out of the way.
  • If you collide with or knock over another person, stop and make sure they are alright.
  • If you suffer an injury, stop and immediately seek first aid (see below).


If it is raining, watch out for slippery floors, particularly when you are walking into the school building.

As you buy things, avoid carrying awkward and heavy loads around for an extended period of time. Instead, check your purchases into one of the “Treasure Check” areas staffed by people who will watch over your items while you continue to shop.

If your purchases are heavy and/or difficult for you to lift and move, ask for help.  Consider bringing family members and/or friends with you to help lift, carry, and load your bargains into your vehicle.


Have a Designated Meeting Place

During Preview Night and the Auction & Rummage Sale, the Woodward Middle School campus will be very crowded. It is easy for people to get separated from their family/friends.  Before you begin your activities, agree on a place where you can re-unite (e.g., the flagpole in front of the school’s south door entrance).

If your party gets separated and someone in your party can’t be found, go to the Announcer/Information Booth located outside the school’s south door entrance.  Appropriate announcements can be made and a search mounted to locate the missing individual(s).


Fire Alarm

If you are inside the Woodward Middle School building, and the fire alarm sounds:

  • Immediately stop what you are doing.
  • Walk to the nearest building exit.
  • Go outside, and move as far away from the building as you can.
  • Remain outside until an announcement is made that it is safe to re-enter the building.


First Aid

During Preview Night and the Auction & Rummage Sale, First Aid Stations are located in both the south and north parking lots.

Both stations are staffed with Bainbridge Island Fire Department and other Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).  They can administer first aid for injuries and conditions that do not require treatment at a hospital.  If a trip to a hospital is warranted, then the EMTs will summon a transport ambulance.

If you cannot walk to a First Aid Station, please seek assistance from anyone wearing a Rotary Club ball cap or the members of the Bainbridge Amateur (HAM) Radio Club who are patrolling the campus and are linked, by radio, to the First Aid Stations.