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Safe Kids Mercer County Celebrates Safe Kids Day: Bicycle Rodeo, Free Helmet Fittings, Exhibits, Games and More

Safe Kids Mercer County will host its annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo and Safe Kids Day on Saturday, May 10 , 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The purpose of the event is to provide children ages 3-12 and their families with an opportunity to learn about safety and prevention while participating in sports and other recreational activities.bikerodeo13 cones

The day will include bicycle inspections will be conducted by the Economy Bike Shop and the Lawrenceville Police Department. Bicycle tires, frames, handlebars, chain guards, and reflectors are checked, and parents receive a check-list for each bike indicating if anything needs to be repaired. Children are then given a free bike helmet, which is fitted by one of the St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center’s therapists. They may ride a bicycle safety course, which is organized by the police department, where they illustrate knowledge of traffic signals, hand signals, parked cars, and how to avoid unexpected obstacles. Volunteers are present at each station of the obstacle course to guide and teach the children.

Water safety programs will be conducted by the Hamilton YMCA and will include games and other activities geared towards water safety. St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center will give away a limited number of Personal Flotation Devices for children up to 90 pounds.bikerodeo13helmetfitting

The Lawrenceville Fire Department will provide an engine, and teach children about fire hazards. Other participants include Capital Health, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, St. Francis Medical Center, the Princeton, HealthCare System, and the Trenton Thunder Baseball team, with mascot Boomer. Bristol-Myers Squibb will present an exhibit on hazardous materials. The Greater Mercer TMA, Lawrence Hopewell Trail, Lakeview Child Center, Inc., Making Waves Swim School, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, PNC Bank, RAI, McCaffrey’s Supermarkets, Quakerbridge Radiology Associates, the Hopewell and Lawrence Township Health Departments, and the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey will also participate.

Children must pre-register for this event to receive a free bike helmet and bike inspection. Registration will begin March 1, 2014 by email at bikerodeo@slrc.org (preferred) or by phone at (609) 896-9500, ext. 2212.

Safe Kids Day Celebrated Throughout New Jersey

Safe Kids New Jersey is joining hundreds of coalitions throughout the nation in celebrating Safe Kids Day to heighten awareness of preventable chilhood injuries.  Here’s what Northern New Jersey Safe Kids is up to:

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Morristown Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital Host Local Children and Families During Safe Kids Day to Celebrate Kids, Prevent Injuries and Save Lives. 

Morristown Community Rallies to Stop Preventable Injuries, the #1 Killer of Kids in the U.S.

Safe Kids Northern NJ will host more than 100 families, community members and corporate partners, in honor of Safe Kids Day to raise awareness and resources to protect kids from preventable injuries and deaths due to motor vehicle crashes, fires, drowning, falls, suffocation and more.

There will be two events in April that will conduct car seat inspections and provide more information about “Safer in 7.” One event will be held on Thursday April 17th, 2014 from 7 am till 12 pm at Chester First Aid Squad, 100 North Rd., Chester, NJ. Another event will be held on Wednesday April 23rd, 2014 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Atlantic Ambulance Building, 120 Dorsa Ave, Livingston, NJ. 

Did You Know? Every year, 9,000 families in the U.S. and a million families around the world lose a child because of a preventable injury. Millions more children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime.

Morristown is part of a larger celebration throughout the month of April that includes more than 100 communities across the United States.

“Safe Kids Day has one simple, but critical goal: working together as a community to raise awareness about preventable injuries so kids can grow up to do all the great things kids were meant to do,” says KJ Feury RN, APNc, coalition coordinator. “This is a day to celebrate kids and make learning about preventable injuries fun. There will be great information for parents and caregivers on how to keep their kids active, healthy and safe, recognition of our Hats off for Helmet Award Winners and the unveiling of the new fresh Safe Kids Van.

“As part of Safe Kids Day, we asked every family to take the Safer in 7 challenge, seven simple tips to keep kids safe,” added Feury. “It’s just one of the many activities we encourage families to do on this special day to make sure every kid is a safe kid.”

Safe Kids Day is presented by Children’s Tylenol with support from the General Motors Foundation, FedEx and Chevrolet.

About Safe Kids Northern New Jersey

Safe Kids Northern NJ works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Its members include. Safe Kids Northern NJ is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing