- 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! One Saturday each September, the Londonderry Child Passenger Safety Program and Moose Hill School PTA host the annual Family Safety Day. The event is filled with fun activities for children, car seat inspections for parents, and important health and safety information for the whole family!
During Family Safety Day, parents and children are invited to step inside the Salem Fire Rescue Smoke House. A short presentation is given, then anyone interested is welcome to step inside a small room at the back of the trailer. Once inside, the room will fill with smoke. The importance of this demonstration allows children, and even adults, to experience first hand the affects of smoke from a house fire.
The New Hampshire Child Identification Program (CHIP) is on scene each 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. ALL materials are sent home with the parents for safe keeping; the organization does not keep any copies.
Children also get the opportunity to meet fun characters, like Vince and Larry the Crash Test Dummies and Buckle Up Bear. They get to meet personnel from the Armed Forces Reserve Center and see the special vehicles they use. The children also get to see Londonderry Police and Fire vehicles, the Wal-Mart “Watch for BlindSpots” trailer, the Dover Police Department Seat Belt Convincer, and much more!
Other fun activities at Family Safety Day include face painting, a bounce house, free raffles from Wal-Mart and the New Hampshire Orthopedic Center, and a barbecue lunch by the “Londonderry Friends of Music.” Also appearing at the event are St. Joseph Hospital, Elliot Pediatrics Center, Londonderry ALERT, NH E-911, Derry Medical Reserve Corps and many more!
Educate your family about the many aspects of safety and have some fun! The Family Safety is be held at Matthew Thornton School from 12 PM until 4 PM, rain or shine. Don’t miss out!
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.