Organizations to Host Annual Safety Day in Londonderry

Sep 21, 2011 No Comments by
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages three to 14.
  • An average of four children in this age group were killed every day in the United States in 2008.
  • Most victims who lost their lives in fires died from smoke inhalation, not burns.
  • On average, a person died every 162 minutes from a fire in 2006 in the United States.

The statistics are scary, but you can prepare your family for the worst! On Saturday, September 24, 2011, the Londonderry Child Passenger Safety Program and Moose Hill School PTA are hosting the annual Family Safety Day. The event will be filled with fun activities for children, car seat inspections for parents, and important health and safety information for the whole family!

The Londonderry ALERT Trailer at Londonderry Family Safety Day, 2009.

The New Hampshire Child Identification Program (CHIP) will be on scene again this year. Volunteers take a short video of children, answering basic questions like addresses, ages and phone numbers, to record mannerisms, speech patterns, etc. They also take teeth molds and fingerprints of the children, as well as DNA samples. ALL materials are sent home with the parents for safe keeping; the organization does not keep any copies.

Certified technicians from the Londonderry Child Passenger Safety Program will be checking car seat installations and answering questions for free. Did you know that 90% of all car seats require some type of correction?

Londonderry Fire Truck at Londonderry Family Safety Day, 2009

New to this year, there will be a distracted driving simulator. Sponsored by the New Hampshire Injury Prevention Program, the simulator is designed for younger licensed drivers. It simulates the dangers of texting while driving, using a cell phone and other types of distracted driving.

Be sure to read to the end to find out what else has been added to this year’s Safety Day!

Children will also get the opportunity to meet fun characters, like Vince and Larry the Crash Test Dummies and Buckle Up Bear. They’ll get to see Londonderry Police and Fire vehicles, the Wal-Mart “Watch for BlindSpots” trailer, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission DWI Hunter Mobile Command Unit and much more!

Other fun activities at Family Safety Day include face painting, a bounce house, and a barbecue lunch by the “Londonderry Friends of Music.” Also appearing at the event will be Elliot Pediatrics Center, Londonderry ALERT, NH E-911, Derry Medical Reserve Corps and many more!

A drunk driving simulation teaches drivers what it's really like to be impaired behind the wheel; Londonderry Family Safety Day, 2009.

Also new to this year is the Touch-A-Truck fundraiser, hosted by the Moose Hill PTA, which will benefit families in Londonderry with medically fragile children. The event will feature many mini-events, including a petting zoo, Kids Zone, and prizes. The Touch-A-Truck event will allow the entire family access to specialty trucks and vehicles, from Londonderry Fire and Police units, the Southern New Hampshire Special Operation unit and more, for only $5 per person, or $20 maximum per family. Both the petting zoo and kids zone will also require additional small fees.

Educate your family about the many aspects of safety and have some fun this Saturday! The Family Safety Day will be held at Matthew Thornton School from 12 PM until 4 PM, September 24, 2011. The event will be held rain or shine. Don’t miss out!

Now in it’s 11th year, the Londonderry Family Safety Day began as a part of LEEP Fest in May 2001. In that first year, the Londonderry Child Passenger Safety Program inspected 101 car seats. Over the years, the event evolved from Child Safety Day to Family Safety Day, as the day grew to not only educate children, but also their parents.

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Jacklynn has been a resident in Londonderry since the age of 5. She grew up in a quiet neighborhood and went through the great school system. She has fond memories of bike riding through town in the spring and summer, sledding in the winter, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. She now has children of her own and looks forward to raising them in the same town she enjoyed so much as a youth.
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