SwedishAmerican hosts fourth annual SAM’s Safety Fair May 17

Staff Report

The fourth annual SAM’s Safety Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 17, on the grounds of SwedishAmerican Hospital (east side of the hospital campus in front of Camelot Tower). Kids, along with their parents, will be able to visit 30 organizations’ booths during the event, which is being held in conjunction with Emergency Medical Services Week.

Named after SwedishAmerican’s mascot, SAM (SwedishAmerican Mascot), kids will be able to explore the inside of an ambulance; learn about bicycle safety; poison prevention; water and sun safety; sports safety; and animal safety. They also can visit a moulage station where they will be made to look like they have been in an accident. From there, they can go to an ambulance or splinting and casting station. Engine and ladder trucks from Harlem/Roscoe, Rockton, Northwest Fire Protection and Byron Fire Department, as well as the safety trailer from Rockford Fire, will be on site for kids to explore. In addition, there will be a rock climbing wall, the Illinois State Police District 15’s vehicle rollover simulator, bicycle safety rodeo (bring your own bike for safety check) and car seat safety checks.

Kids can meet SAM, the SwedishAmerican mascot; Rocko, from the Rockford Aviators; Hammy, from the Rockford IceHogs; and the interactive Sparky the fire truck and Andy the ambulance.

Providing an opportunity for kids and their parents to learn about safety and healthy habits is very important,” said SwedishAmerican Hospital Safe Kids Coordinator Penny Lentz. “SAM’s Safety Fair is just one way we can help educate both parents and children while providing fun for the whole family.”

The event is free and open to the public. Giveaways and food and refreshments from Jersey Mike’s will be included.

Contact SwedishAmerican Emergency Department Technician Sarah Madey at (815) 961-2030 for more details.

From the April 30-May 6, 2014 issue

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