April 27, 2005

Families learn how to keep children safe in their community

NEWMARKET York Region Health Services in collaboration with the Keeping YorKids Safe Partners Committee hosts a Family Safety Day event at the new Community Safety Village of York Region.  The aim of this interactive day is to raise awareness of unintentional childhood injuries by highlighting community resources. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 0-6 years.  
WHAT: Family Safety Day is a free, fun-filled event for families of young children living
  in York Region. The day will consist of interactive displays, safety
  demonstrations, entertainment and a BBQ.
The Community Safety Village of York Region is an interactive miniature village
where children can learn and experience valuable life saving lessons about staying
safe in their communities.
WHEN: Saturday April 30, 2005
 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 Rain or Shine 
WHERE: Bruce's Mill Conservation Area
 Community Safety Village of York Region
 3291 Stouffville Side Road, Whitchurch-Stouffville
 Tour of emergency and community vehicles - Fire Truck, Ambulance, York Region Transit Bus, Canadian Red Cross Response Vehicle etc.
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 Interactive safety demonstrations
11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
 Children's entertainment/crafts Mascots (Clifford the Big Red Dog, Elmer the Safety Elephant, Red.E.Fox, clown, face painting)
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 Interactive safety exhibits smoke apartment tours every hour
 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHO:  York Region Health Services is committed to the prevention of childhood
injuries.  Keeping YorKids Safe is an injury-prevention program in York Region
for parents/caregivers and children that focuses on childhood injuries such as
choking, suffocation, scalds, burns, falls, poisoning and drowning.  The Keeping
YorKids Safe Partners Committee consists of 25 community organizations,
businesses and non-profit agencies.
For more information about Childhood Injury Prevention or any other health-related topic
contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 (toll free)
or visit www.york.ca.
Attachment: Printable flyer, "Come celebrate Family Safety Day"
Media are requested to check in at the registration table.  List of partnering agencies available upon request.
Rajesh Khetarpal, York Region Health Services
905-830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 4063
Email: rajesh.khetarpal@york.ca

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