Safe Kids program being rescheduled

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 15, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; The Safe Kids 2007 program, originally scheduled for today in the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital parking lot, will be postponed due to a weather advisory for Saturday, Chrissy Brooker, event coordinator, said.

Brooker said she is currently working with the other agencies involved to find a new date for the event, which was intended to coincide with National Childhood Injury Prevention Week.

The program is held annually and is part of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, which is a leading killer of children 14 and under. More than 450 coalitions in 16 countries bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families.

Safety City, sponsored by the West Alabama Community Traffic Safety Program, will return to the annual Safe Kids festivities this year.

Participants will learn about pedestrian, bicycle, auto, bus and train safety, along with safety hazards. At the same time a team of certified Child Safety Passenger Technicians (CSPT) from Bryan Whitfield&8217;s HealthStart Program will conduct free child safety seat inspections, which last about 15 to 30 minutes each.

Technicians will lead the parents step-by-step through the process of installing the seats with plenty of one-on-one teaching.

Other groups scheduled to be involved are Teens Empowering and Motivating their Peers to Opt-out (TEMPO), the Demopolis High School Anchor Club and area Girl Scout troops.