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Safe Kids Pennsylvania Raises Injury Prevention Awareness at 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show

January 6, 2012

Fun, interactive exhibit reminds caregivers how to keep kids safe at home, at play and on the way

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Safe Kids Pennsylvania today announced that they will exhibit at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show to reach thousands of parents and caregivers with information about preventing childhood injuries. The games for children, engaging activities, curricula for teachers, and resources for parents will offer a multifaceted experience to increase awareness for child passenger safety, poison prevention, sports safety, fire and burn prevention, safe sleeping habits, toy safety, fall prevention, gun safety and much more during the January 7-14, 2012 event.

“Educating parents and caregivers is vital to preventing accidental childhood injuries and the Farm Show is a great way to reach thousands of families and deliver important awareness messages in fun and interactive ways,” said Allyson Fulton of Safe Kids Pennsylvania.

A large display of poison look-alikes–medications and household products that resemble common food and beverages–will remind parents to keep potentially poisonous items locked up and out of children’s sight and reach. Children can play a special Safe Kids safety game and receive take-home activity books.

“There’s no substitute for active supervision, but childproofing your home provides extra protection and peace of mind,” says Fulton. “It’s easy to eliminate the most obvious hazards–and it doesn’t have to involve a lot of expensive equipment.”

Certified safety technicians will be available during all shifts throughout the week to answer questions about car seats and what types of child passenger safety seats should be used as children grow, and show proper installation.

Visitors can even bring their own helmets for fitting by a safety expert, or purchase a bike helmet at the booth for ten dollars. “Kids should always wear helmets when they snowboard, ski, sled, play hockey or ride a bike,” says Fulton. “Make sure your child’s helmet meets federal safety standards and have an expert check that the helmet fits correctly so it won’t come loose at a critical moment.”

Engaging activities and displays, safety experts and a wide variety of free tip sheets and safety checklists are sure to make the Safe Kids Pennsylvania booth one of the most popular again this year. Visit the Safe Kids Pennsylvania booth in the Family Living section, near stage #2 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show January 7-14, 2012. The Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is located at North Cameron and Maclay Streets, Harrisburg, Pa.

For more information about child injury prevention, visit www.PaSafeKids.org or call 1-800-683-5100.

About Safe Kids Pennsylvania

Safe Kids Pennsylvania works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability to children ages 1 to 14. Safe Kids Pennsylvania is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Pennsylvania was founded in 1991 and is led by Center for Schools and Communities.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Safe Kids Pennsylvania spokesperson will available for interviews and safety demonstrations at various times during the Farm Show January 7-14, 2012. Contact Aylissa Kiely Tyndale at 717-903-0219 or akiely.tyndale@csc.csiu.org.

SOURCE Safe Kids Pennsylvania

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