For many families, there can never be too many events promoting practices that keep children safe. Parents who have lost children, seen them injured or rejoiced in their survival—all are the focus of the Safe Kids Blast scheduled on Tuesday, May 3 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 27th and Potter Streets. The event is coordinated by Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County (SKLLC). The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department serves as the lead agency for SKLLC. This program works to reduce the incidence of unintentional childhood injury, a leading cause of death nationally and in Lancaster County to kids 1 to 14 years of age. The public is invited to attend this free event.
From 2008 to June, 2010, 6,676 Lancaster County children 14 years old and younger received treatment at local hospitals for an unintentional injury. "We don't just hand out fliers at these events; we engage families in activities which teach them how to be safe and what can happen if you don't use safe practices," states Julie Anderson, with Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County. The event offers exciting hands-on demonstrations and activities in seven key areas: child passenger safety, pedestrian safety, bicycle safety, sports safety, fire and burn prevention, water safety, and home safety.