Missoula, MT – The Safe Kids Missoula Coalition, led by Foundation for Community Health, invites the community to the Safe Kids Fair on Sunday, September 23 from noon to 3 p.m. on the Community Medical Center campus. The annual Safe Kids Fair brings together western Montana residents and community safety experts for an afternoon of free, family fun. Children, parents, grandparents, and caregivers can engage in hands-on activities teaching important safety steps to protect children from preventable injuries at home, on the road, and during play.
Preventable injuries from incidents such as vehicle crashes, home fires, poisonings, child gun access and more are the leading cause of death for children in Montana and the United States. Ninety-four percent of unintentional deaths of Montana children age 1 to 17 years old in 2012 were preventable.
“The good news about preventable injuries is that they are preventable,” says Kira Huck, Safe Kids Missoula Co-Coordinator. “That is why the Fair is so valuable. It allows us to educate the community in a fun, hands-on way and provides an opportunity for families to connect with community organizations and resources available to them.”
Access to education and resources can help reduce preventable injuries. Safe Kids Missoula is one of more than 400 Safe Kids coalitions across the United States working to increase awareness and access to critical safety information. Since the inception of Safe Kids Worldwide in 1988, the child death rate from unintentional injuries has been reduced by nearly 60 percent. The Safe Kids Fair is free and is a primary effort of Safe Kids Missoula to engage community members in safety and prevention education.
Safe Kids Fair activities are geared towards children and teens, but adults learn valuable information, too. Parents who attended the 2017 Safe Kids Fair reported learning how to escape a burning house, where they can safely dispose of medication in the community, and even how to safely use bear spray.
Fire safety, medicine safety, and outdoor recreation safety are just a few of the safety topics families can learn about at the event. Additional activities and event highlights include: • Mock 9-1-1 phone calls • An opportunity to meet firefighters, police officers, and emergency responders • Tours of the Montana Highway Patrol Mobile Impaired Driving Assessment Center (MIDAC) • A Distracted Driving Course • The Respect the Cage exhibit and Buckle Up Battle activity • Special Life Flight Helicopter landing at 1:00 PM • Appearances by Monte and Smokey the Bear • Face painting • Giveaways and prizes
A full list of Fair activities, as well as information about Safe Kids Missoula, its partners and ways to support the Coalition is available at safekidsmissoula.org or by calling 926-2522.
About Safe Kids Missoula The Safe Kids Missoula Coalition, a local partner of Safe Kids Worldwide, is led by Foundation for Community Health. The Coalition includes safety experts from more than 30 nonprofit and government agencies dedicated to protecting kids from preventable injuries—the number one cause of death to children in the United States. The Coalition works together to increase awareness and create safer environments with the goal of preventing traffic injury, drowning, poisoning, child gun access and more. For more information or to support these safety efforts, visit safekidsmissoula.org or call 406.926.2522.