Free Family Event Offers Resources, Child Injury Prevention Tips

By KOLR10 News

Published 04/12 2014 09:45AM

Updated 04/12 2014 09:49AM

via Safe Kids Springfield (Facebook)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- To provide parents with the resources they need, Safe Kids Springfield is hosting the first-ever Safe Kids Day on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at Hammons Field in Springfield.

For the past 25 years, Safe Kids Springfield has worked to prevent unintentional childhood injuries, which are the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14, according to a news statement.

Providing everything from car seat checks to bike helmet fittings, Safe Kids is a free resource for local families. The event also features hands-on games, activities, face painting, giveaways and more.

"Every year, 9,000 families in the U.S. lose a child because of crashes, fires, drowning, falls, suffocation and more," says Daphne Greenlee, coordinator of Safe Kids Springfield and trauma outreach coordinator for the Mercy Injury Prevention Center, in the statement. "Millions more children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime."

Safe Kids Springfield is part of a larger celebration throughout the month of April that includes more than 100 communities across the United States. Safe Kids Worldwide's celebrity heroes include Drew Barrymore, Mark Wahlberg, Piers Morgan, Pete Sampras and many more.

For more information, visit the website.

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