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Safe Kids Fair Planned for Lynden

A group known as the “Safe Kids Whatcom County” wants to teach parents and guardians how to prevent injuries to their children, according to the Bellingham Herald.

A safety fair with law enforcement officers, firefighters and health professionals will take place Saturday, June 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Fairway Shopping Center on Main Street in Lynden.

A public information officer for South Whatcom Fire Authority said they believe injuries to children are preventable by taking simple and inexpensive steps. Properly installing car seats and using bicycle helmets and life jackets can save many lives each year.

Because children play outside, ride bicycles and go swimming more often, emergency room visits go up during the summer. The group wants to remind parents about taking safety precautions, such as planning fire evacuations and even practicing CPR.

Parents can also have their car-safety seats checked to make sure they are installed properly. A trained car-safety seat technician said 90 percent of people in Whatcom County misuse their car-safety seats.

I applaud this group’s efforts to ensure parents have all the tools to keep their families safe. I hope all parents take advantage of the many safety seat checks that are available across the state and teach their children about what to do in the case of a fire or other emergency.