American Red Cross to host Safety City

| July 17, 2015

COSHOCTON – Coshocton County American Red Cross has hosted Safety City for more than 30 years. The original Safety Town program was established in 1937 in Mansfield, Ohio after a small child was killed in a traffic accident.

Safety City is a program for kindergartners that teaches safety lessons about: Stranger Danger and Playground Safety, Pedestrian and Traffic Safety, Police and Gun Safety, First Aid and Dog Safety, Fire Prevention and 911, Home and Poison Safety, Bicycle Safety, School Bus Safety, Train Safety, and Seat Belt Safety.

Safety City is designed to protect children by teaching safety skills and allowing them to practice those skills in a safe, controlled environment. A child-size town with miniature streets, buildings, crosswalks and working traffic signals offers the ideal setting for bicycle, pedestrian and vehicular safety instruction.

In Coshocton County we use the volunteer services of: Local Fire Departments (including the Fire Safety Trailer), Sheriff’s Dept. (including K-9 Unit), EMS, AKC Dog Safety, Teen Lifeguards teaching water safety, Licking County Red Cross loaner: 911 simulator, Adult and teen volunteers teaching stranger danger, classroom topics and in the “City”, and AAA teaching car seat and seat belt safety.

Safety City is for Coshocton County children that will be starting Kindergarten in the fall of 2015.

Safety City is a week-long program from August 3 – 7. Time: Two daily sessions, 10 a.m. – Noon and 6 – 8 p.m. Parents may choose which works best for them. Cost is $10 per child. Location: Coshocton County Fairgrounds. Children will receive a Red Cross back pack and other goodies. Snacks and water are provided daily. Graduation on Friday with family is invited to enjoy the ceremony, cookies and punch. Registration is that the Red Cross office, 245 N 4th Street, July 22 – 24 from 6 – 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 25 from 9 a.m. – Noon.

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  1. Do you still have opening for safety city?