Grande Prairie and Area Safe Communities wants to make sure kids have a safe summer. On July 30th, outdoor safety will be the topic of the third instalment of the group’s annual event Safety Summer Tuesdays. Acting Executive Director Cindy Blinston says they have a number of activities planned.
“We will have a little mini-lesson on sun safety and a craft that goes along with that; we have a retired search and rescue dog that’s coming with its handler to talk about and show what it’s like to work as a service dog so kids can be aware if there is a situation where a dog needed to come help find them if they were lost. The Red Cross is also coming to talk a little bit about emergency preparedness as well.”
There will also be lawn games and colouring and children can bring their bikes, scooters or tricycles to ride around the safety village.
The Tuesday events have been going on for the last four years and take place over a five-week period with a different theme every week.
Normally around 60 and 100 children and their parents attend each Tuesday. Blinston says it’s important to hold these events so that they can keep families up to date and aware of how to enjoy the summer safely.
“[We want] to raise awareness of injury prevention because that’s the goal. If you are aware of hazard, if you can assess your risks then you can choose ways to still have a really enjoyable and fun time but do it in the safest way possible.”
The drop-in style event costs $2 dollars per person and will run from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at safety village on 92nd Street.