National Safe Kids Week doesn’t start until the end of the month, but the Santa Cruz Fire Department is getting things going early with a fun-filled event Saturday.
Firefighters and representatives from the Safe Kids Chapter of Santa Cruz County will inspect child safety seats and help kids get their bike helmets to fit correctly during the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Santa Cruz Fire Station 3, 335 Younglove Ave. There will also be safety-themed games and prizes for kids.
Parents can also get information about the importance of child safety seats, booster seats and bicycle helmets. Kids are supposed to ride in some sort of safety seat until their are 8 years old or 4 feet 9 inches tall, but a local survey reported only about 40 percent of children ages 5-9 ride safely in cars. Another county survey found bike helmet use was observed among only 41 percent of children in 2007.
Call Santa Cruz Fire during business hours 420-5280 for information.