Swedish American hosts Safety Fair

Staff Report

Swedish American Hospital will be hosting its sixth annual SAM’s Safety Fair on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the grounds of Swedish American Hospital, 1401 E. State St., on the east side of the Hospital campus in front of Camelot Tower. Attendees will be able to visit the booths of 40 organizations during the event, which is being held in conjunction with Emergency Medical Services Week.

Kids who attend the Safety Fair will be able to meet local firefighters and police offers; explore the inside of an ambulance and fire truck; learn about boat safety, bicycle safety, burn prevention, pet safety, poison prevention, injury prevention, water and sun safety, and more. They will also be able to participate in the bicycle safety rodeo and receive a free helmet while supplies last. Those attending the fair can also visit the Swedish American Caring Canines and animals from the Winnebago County Animal Shelter. There will also be a rock climbing wall, Velcro sticky wall and bungee run.

Hammy, the Rockford IceHogs Mascot, will be on hand to meet kids, along with mascots from Magic Waters and the YMCA, and the interactive Sparky the fire truck and Andy the ambulance.

“Swedish American SAM’s Safety Fair provides a place for families to learn about safety and healthy habits,” says SwedishAmerican Hospital Safe Kids Coordinator Penny Lentz. “This event is fun for the whole family and it’s a great place for parents and caregivers to understand what safety resources are available in our community.”

This event is free and open to the public. Giveaways will be provided and food and beverages from Jersey Mike’s will be available for purchase. For further information, contact Swedish American Trauma Coordinator Jeanna Babcock at 815-315-6150.

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