The third annual SAM’s Safety Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 11, on the grounds of SwedishAmerican Hospital (east side of the hospital campus in front of Camelot Tower and in the Ryan Jury Parking Lot). The event is geared toward children ages 14 and younger, and is being held in conjunction with Emergency Medical Service Week.
Named after SwedishAmerican’s mascot, SAM (SwedishAmerican Mascot), kids will be able to explore the inside of an ambulance; learn about My Plate nutrition; poison prevention; water and sun safety; sports safety; and animal safety. They also can visit a decontamination tent where they’ll be able to decon a mannequin and visit a moulage station, where they will be made to look like they have been in an accident — from there, they can either go to an ambulance or a splinting and casting station.
The safety trailer from Rockford Fire, fire engines from Byron and Harvard, and ladder trucks from Roscoe and Oregon will be on site for kids to explore. In addition, there will be a bicycle safety rodeo (bring your own bike for safety check), car-seat safety checks and the seat-belt convincer.
Kids can meet SAM, Rocko from the Rockford Aviators, and the interactive Sparky the fire truck and Andy the ambulance.
“These are just a few ideas where we can engage with the community on education and awareness,” said SwedishAmerican Hospital Safe Kids Coordinator Penny Lentz. “Accidental injuries remain the No. 1 cause of death for children ages 1 to 14, even though many of these deaths can be prevented. This event also focuses on parents as role models for safe behavior and encourages parents to back up their words about safety with actions.”
The event is free and open to the public. There will be giveaways and refreshments. For further information, contact Rhonda Bergstrom, SwedishAmerican’s Emergency Department manager, at (815) 489-4820.