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September 26, 2008

CONTACT: Peter Van Delft
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Recently, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department took part in a joint effort between state and city entities designed to promote child safety in Grove Hall, Dorchester.

The Sheriff’s Department teamed with the Boston Public Health Commission, the Boston Fire and Police Departments, Massachusetts State Police, City Councilor Charles Yancey, the Vulcan Society, and others to help encourage families to make safety a priority.

Members of the Department handed out Sheriff Andrea Cabral’s “Safety Tips For Kids” coloring books – a publication that features a host of puzzles and games created to help teach children about fire safety, avoiding contact with strangers, internet safety, the importance of wearing a seatbelt, bicycle safety, knowing their home address and telephone number, and other important items.

Providing the event’s main attraction, the Boston Health Commission’s Childhood Injury Prevention Program (CIPP) – in partnership with the organization SafeKids – conducted a children’s car seat safety check and inspection, which included the distribution of free children’s car seats to families in need.

Members of the program strive to increase awareness that injuries are preventable. Their target population is the City of Boston’s infants and toddlers; school–age children; parents/consumers; and professionals.

According to statistics provided by the group, every year one out of every four children ages 14 and under in the United States sustains an injury serious enough to require medical treatment. Approximately 6,000 children die from injuries every year, and more than 90,000 are permanently disabled.

Supervising the operation of the event was CIPP Child Passenger Safety Coordinator Jonathan Otero who offered praise for the event’s volunteers and their contribution to the cause of child safety.

“We’re really happy about the turnout here today for the event,” said Otero. “It’s great to see people coming out to learn more about how to prevent injuries to children riding in cars by making sure that their vehicles have car seats – properly installed and age–appropriate – for their children.”

“We do rely on the assistance of volunteers at events like these,” Otero continued, “and we’re grateful for the participation of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and the other great organizations here today.”

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