STONEHAM, MA – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Hallmark Health and Zoo New England this month hosted a Summer Safety event at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham as part of District Attorney Ryan’s annual efforts to educate parents, guardians and caretakers on ways to keep children safe during the summer months. Attendees were able to get car seats checked and installed, explore emergency vehicles and take home safety resources.
Safety resources were provided by Hallmark Health System, North Suburban Child Family Resource Center, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and the Injury Prevention Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Photos from the event can be viewed online HERE.
With rising temperatures, the Stone Zoo Summer Safety event was an opportunity to inform the public about risks to children associated with summer heat including window falls, drownings and the dangers of leaving children in hot cars.
Thirty car seat checks and installations were performed by trained car seat technicians from Burlington, Chelmsford, Concord, Lexington, North Reading, Stoneham, Wilmington and Woburn Police Departments as well as by Massachusetts State Police Troopers. Attendees were reminded that if a car seat moves an inch either way it is not safe.
Children visiting the Summer Safety Day were able to get an up-close look at emergency vehicles and talk to officials from Massachusetts State Police, Melrose Police Department, Wilmington Police Department, Stoneham Fire Department, Action Ambulance and Armstrong Ambulance.
As part of the MDAO’s partnership with Stone Zoo, the first 50 visitors to the event received a free child’s ticket to the zoo.
The MDAO’s county-wide summer safety initiative focuses on averting preventable deaths of children by informing parents, guardians and caretakers about ways to keep children safe during the summer. Three of these priorities include: reminding parents to actively supervise children around water, to never swim alone and to learn to recognize the signs of drowning; highlighting that preventing falls out of windows is as important as learning how to exit through one in an emergency; and raising awareness about how to keep children safe in and around cars, parents; and caregivers should never leave children alone in a parked vehicle even when they are asleep or restrained and even if the windows are open.
More information and resources can be downloaded HERE.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex District Attorney.)
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