Safe Kids Washoe County promotes the importance of childhood safety with its annual Safe Fun for Kids fair.
The health and safety of our children is the top priority for parents. And to that end, Safe Kids Washoe County is hosting its 12th Annual Give Kids a Boost: Sun Valley Health and Safety Fair. All families are invited to the event for some fun in the sun with a purpose — to learn ways to protect our children from accident, injury and illness. Families can participate in a myriad of hands-on health, safety and educational activities and games — offered by more than 30 community groups, including Renown Health — geared toward reducing injuries from threats such as motor vehicles, drownings, poisonings and falls. The Washoe County Health District will also provide free immunizations for children and teens ages 4 – 18.
According to Safe Kids Washoe County, accidental injury is the No. 1 cause of death among children ages 14 and under in the United States, a sobering statistic that fuels the organization’s mission of preventing injury among children.
Safe Kids Washoe County creates programs and education focused on preventing injuries in the home, safety during play, and better health and wellness for children, including Cribs for Kids — a SIDS-prevention program — and increased pedestrian safety efforts and awareness during back-to-school.
Melissa Krall, coordinator for Safe Kids, notes the organization has a safety committee that visits elementary schools every month to present on topics ranging from fire safety around the holidays to bike safety during warm weather to poison safety during National Poison Awareness Month in March. “We may also present on specialty topics if there’s a specific risk the school has identified,” Krall adds.
The fair takes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, at Sun Valley Community Center, located at 115 W. 6th Ave.