One in 10 children ages 19 and under will be seen in an emergency department for a non-fatal unintentional injury this year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. With the goal of reducing the number of preventable injuries to children, Safe Kids coalitions around the world work year round to raise awareness and educate the public on how to protect kids from unintentional injuries.
Safe Kids Macon County is gearing up for the annual Safety Town Event scheduled for Saturday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building.
Safe Kids Macon County serves North Carolina as the westernmost Safe Kids Coalition in North Carolina and each Spring they partner with local civic and community groups to host a large-scale Safety Town event for the community.
“Due to COVID19, we were unable to host Safety Town last year but we are planning to return this year,” said Safe Kids Macon County Coordinator Deputy Nick Lofthouse. “The event will be a little different and will be outside to promote a safer atmosphere for the community.”
The annual event encompasses all things kids and all things safety with our focus areas being:
1) The Buckle Up, Baby car seat checking station where certified car seat technicians will be on hand to check car seats to ensure they are properly installed.
2) Fire Safety information through partnerships with local fire departments.
3) Bike safety- Through a grant with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program Safe Kids Macon County will fit and distribute free bike helmets to the community while supplies last.
4) Operation Medicine Drop — There will be a fully staff a drive-thru medicine drop for the community to properly dispose of their unused, expired, or unwanted medications.
5) An Emergency Vehicle Car Show— the first of its kind in the state. We partner with fire departments, police departments, the hospital for air medics, highway patrol, the forest services, and other emergency services to host an Emergency Vehicle Car show that includes a trophy to the fan favorite. This event is unique for are area and brings all things public safety together for one fun event.
Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol will once again be at the event for picture opportunities. Additional details will be announced on the Safe Kids Macon County Facebook page.