Child Safety Day in north Spokane | Community Spirit
Safety agencies from across Spokane gathered at the PrimeSource credit union Friday afternoon for Child Safety Day.
“We want to make sure we're all doing our part to help kids prevent bumps, bruises and perhaps a major injury,” said organizer Marilyn Rapp, the marketing representative for Prime Source. “Our goal is to help keep kids safe, be aware and have a fun filled summer.”
Even with temperatures climbing into the 90's, dozens of children filled the parking lot for fun activities hosted by Spokane Police and COPS, Spokane Fire and the Spokane Humane Society.
“We want to get out there into the community,” said Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller. “It's a great time for us to tell kids what they need to do to keep themselves safe. We have information on child passenger safety and bicycle safety. I can quiz them on whether they wear their helmets and give away free ice cream coupons.”
Officer Fuller also provided a patrol car, complete with lights flashing, for the kids to climb in and ask questions about. It was parked right next to the fire truck, also open for tours. Kids could climb into the front and open all the doors to look at the equipment – even try on their heavy gear.
"We got to look inside," said 4-year-old Jayden when I asked him what his favorite part of the day was. Jayden and 4-year-old Chyanne were both excited to collect stickers and a free ice cream coupon for passing Officer Fuller's bicycle quiz.
Another big part of being safe outside is knowing how to deal with animals in your neighborhood, especially strange dogs. Jenna Carroll with the Spokane Humane Society was there with a stuffed dog to give a live demonstration on how to safely approach a dog you don't know.
“Bite prevention is hugely important,” Carroll said. “It keeps kids from strange dogs, getting bit, what to do when a strange dog runs up to them. We'll come and do bite prevention pretty much anywhere they'll let us.”
Also on scene, COPS volunteer Bill Ross was helping to put together child identification kits, complete with photos and fingerprints.
“Ideally what happens is the parent never has to use it,” Ross said. “But if something happens to the child than parents have a packet they can give to police will current information and they can get it out more quickly.”
Ross says last year they helped create ID kits for nearly 2,000 kids, mostly at events like Child Safety Day. If you are interested in having a kit made for your child, just call your local COPS shop to make an appointment.