Playing It Safe strives to keep families safe

Carle and Safe Kids Champaign County will host the 20th annual Playing It Safe free family safety fair on Saturday, June 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Champaign County Fairgrounds.

More than 40 interactive stations will focus on safety awareness in a fun environment.

Children and their families can learn one-on-one from nurses, EMTs, firefighters, police officers and other experts. Parents will want to participate in the drive-thru for certified car seat safety checks for infant seats and child booster seats, work-zone safety guidance and obtaining free child identification kits that include a video, photo and DNA from each child.

“While Carle stands ready to help children and families affected by severe injuries and other dangers, our goal is sharing education to keep children safe and out of our Emergency Department,” said Henry Moore, MD, trauma surgeon and Playing It Safe physician chair. “We want parents and other caregivers to know what to do in a host of situations so we can prevent accidents and save lives.”

Playing It Safe will also feature:

  • Tornado safety and community disaster education
  • Fire truck tours and fire safety house
  • Bicycle inspections and bike helmet sales
  • Dogs from a police K-9 unit
  • SWAT Team and Bomb Squad Robot

Between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., the first 1,500 guests will receive free hot dogs from Sonic Drive-In. Free bottles of water will be available throughout the event, which will also feature hourly prize drawings. Plus, children can earn time on inflatable games from Action Inflatables by participating in safety activities.

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Attendees are also encouraged to ride bikes to the event and park in the secured bike parking. Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District will provide free rides to the event with a Playing It Safe flier. Children younger than 13 must ride with an adult. To learn more and download a Playing It Safe flier, visit www.carle.org/playingitsafe.