Kid Safe Saturday draws crowds to civic center

KidsSafeSaturday_20Think Child Safety held its annual Kids Safe Saturday at Love Civic Center this weekend.

Kids (and parents) got to meet police, fire and EMS workers, see their vehicles and watch demonstrations, as well as play games and pick up tips on how to stay safe. Other organizations dealing with children were also present.

Think Child Safety is a injury prevention program designed to reduce injuries and death. It teaches children about 911, car seat safety, gun safety, fire safety, bicycle safety, water safety, CPR, first aid and pedestrian safety. Children are also taught to recognize the Think Child Safety logo, which are placed on vehicles identified as “safe havens” if an emergency arises.

The program started in 1989 by Paris EMS Paramedic Stewart Dodson after the loss of nine children in a six-month period.

This year for the first time, Kids Safe Saturday was held in conjunction with the Paris Art Fair.

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