The latest news on child injury prevention:
January 20, 2016: During the winter months it is extremely important to make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home as heating fires are a major cause of home fires. If you are in need of smoke alarms or batteries please contact your local fire department to see if they offer a free distribution program. In Harrisonburg call 540-432-7703 and in Rockingham County call 540-564-3175.
Safety Sally will be visiting the Safe Kids' and Harrisonburg Fire Department's social media pages over the next 25 days with safety tips and lessons for people of all ages.
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Did you know that children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year? See more information on how to keep your little ones safer on the Safe Kids on Halloween page!
We'll be at two events handing out reflective bags, safety information and candy this week. Be sure to stop by one of these locations to have your little ghosts, goblins, and witches pictures taken to post on our Safe Kids Central Shenandoah Valley Facebook page:
Halloween Monster Mash - The Valley Mall - 1925 E. Market St. - Thursday, October 29th - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Halloween on the Square - Downtown on Court Square - October 31st - 10:00am to noon - We'll be handing out reflective trick or treat bags.
Halloween at the Public Safety Building - 101 N. Main St. - October 31st - Noon to 2:00pm - We'll be handing out trick or treat bags and candy.
Let's make this a safe and happy Halloween for everyone!
Safe Kids Coalition members have begun working with students at various schools. One of the teachers your child may see is HPD Officer Mike Gangloff, who is the DARE officer for Harrisonburg City Schools. Also in Harrisonburg, students in third and sixth grades take part in a "Risk Watch" program, designed to give children information about unintentional injuries. These lessons are taught by Lt. Wanda Willis and Fire Prevention Specialist Erin Stehle. And Lt. Karen Will, Rockingham County Fire & Rescue, will be in Rockingham County School kindergarten and 5th grade classrooms. It is going to be a busy year for safety so hang on and enjoy the safety ride! If you have any questions about prevention please contact Wanda at the Harrisonburg Fire Department, 540-432-7703!
Earlier this year:
We have numerous Safe Kids Summer Safety Adventure Activities in June and July. Many of our Safe Kids Partners participate in these events as we bring safety activities to locations around the City of Harrisonburg.
- June 17 - Chestnut Ridge Apartments - 11:00am until 2:00pm - Bring your bikes and swim suits!
- June 24 - Colonade Apartments - 351 N. Mason St. - 5:30pm to 6:30pm - Bring your bikes!
- June 25 - Meriwether Hills Apartments - Colonial Drive - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
- July 14 - Spotswood Mobile Home Park - 3:00pm-5:00pm
- July 15 - Mosby Heights - 11:30am-1:30pm
- July 16 - Holly Court - 3:00pm-5:00pm
- July 20 - Harris Gardens - Vine St. - 3:00pm to 5:00pm - Bring your bikes!
- July 21 - Norwood St & Hawkins St - 3:00pm-5:00pm
- July 24 - Avante Nursing Home South Ave - 11:00am-2:00pm
April and May we will be celebrating Safe Kids Month! There are so many things you can do to support our safety efforts. Look around your home to make sure your home is a safe place for your children.
- Are TV's safely secured? Heavier CRT televisions can tip over and harm small children. In fact, every three weeks in the U.S. a child dies from a TV tipping over.
- Give young children your full and undivided attention when they are in the bathtub or around water.
- Check smoke alarm batteries every six months to make sure they are working.
- Keep cribs clear of objects, and make sure babies sleep alone, on their back, and in a crib every time they sleep.
- Install window guards or window stops to keep children from falling out of windows.
- Keep all medicine up and away, even medicine you take every day. Be alert to medicine stored in other locations, like pills in purses, vitamins on counters, and medicine on nightstands.
We'll be talking about other ways to keep your kids safe in and around the home soon!
March 2015 - The Pilot Club of Harrisonburg recently donated $2,000 to help support the child safety seat program. The money will be used to purchase child safety seats for low income families who are eligible through the Virginia Department of Health requirements. Thanks to the Pilot Club for helping to keep kids safer in Harrisonburg/Rockingham County.
January 2015 - A "Safey" Selfie from our Safe Kids Meeting. The meeting was hosted by Paula Neher and Emergency Prep!