Thursday, September 27, 2012

HCW to host children safety event this Saturday

News Release

Healthy Communities Wyandotte (HCW), the mayor’s health task force, in partnership with the Unified Government Public Health Department, will host a child safety event called KCK Kids Traveling Safely at Indian Springs Shopping Center (4601 State) on Saturday, September 29th from 9-11 a.m.

The event aims to inform parents and provide them with resources to keep their children safe while riding in cars, riding bicycles, and walking to and from school.

The Public Health Department will distribute car seats at the south end of the shopping center. Trained volunteers will be on-hand to walk parents through proper installation of a seat in their vehicle.

The department has approximately 150 car seats available, to be distributed on a first-come first-served basis.

Families are encouraged to attend together, as children must be present in order to receive a car seat.

After leaving the car seat staging area, parents can park and take their children over to three additional stations centered on biking safely, walking to and from school, and emergency injury response services.

Families who bring their bikes can receive help with bike maintenance and repair from FreeWheels for Kids and Revolve KC. These local organizations will also stage an obstacle course to teach tips on riding a bicycle safely.

Additionally, Safe Kids Metro KC and the Mid-American Regional Coalition will distribute free helmets and demonstrate how to fit them properly.

The walking station, led by BikeWalkKC, will help children prepare for International Walk to School day on October 3. Additionally, the Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department will be present with a fire truck and ambulance to teach kids about the city’s emergency injury response system.

When not at the event stations, families can enjoy hot cider and receive information from participating organizations.