Mall event to focus on summer safety

Posted July 15, 2009, at 8:50 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Though summer is the season of fun for children, it also can be the time of year when they’re most at risk for preventable injuries and accidents, child safety experts warn.

To help parents teach their kids to play it safe, the Simon Kidgets Club and the National Crime Prevention Council are holding a Safe Summer event Saturday at the Bangor Mall.

“Summer can be the most exciting time of the year for kids, while they’re out riding bikes and skateboards, knocking around with their friends, fishing and swimming and just having a blast during the summer. But they’ve got to play it safe,” mall manager James Gerety said in a news release. “We are proud to team up with the National Crime Prevention Council to offer families a fun and meaningful way to learn about summer safety.”

During the event, children and their parents can learn safety tips through a range of activities. McGruff the Crime Dog, Sparky the Fire Dog and area police and fire departments will provide information on how to have safe fun this summer. The National Crime Prevention Council will offer tips for neighborhood safety, summer safety and stranger awareness.

At J.C. Penney Court, children can stop by interactive learning stations to learn about fire safety, safe swimming and heat and sun exposure. They also can make their own bug jars and pick out their favorite finger puppet bug.

Simon Kidgets Club members are eligible to receive an ice cream bowl and scoop spoon while supplies last. Families can sign up for the club at Guest Services during regular mall hours or online at http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=844

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