Kids Go On Safari for a Safer Summer
Event at Como Zoo offers fun, facts and free bike helmets

ST. PAUL (June 14, 2016) – Nearly 300 children went on a safety safari at Como Zoo today, tracking injury prevention facts and skills. The goal of their hunt? A free bike helmet — and a safer summer. The event, presented by AAA, Safe Kids Minnesota and the Minnesota Safety Council, raised awareness of accidental injuries, the most common cause of death among children.

"Kids are going to get bumps and bruises, but parents and children can make choices that help prevent life-altering injuries," said Gail Weinholzer, director of public affairs for AAA Minnesota/Iowa.

Children and adults took part in hands-on activities that reinforced safety in the water, in traffic, at home and at play. Children who completed the safari were fitted with a free bike helmet from AAA.

"Summer usually brings an increase in injuries and emergency room visits," said Erin Petersen, coordinator of Safe Kids Minnesota. "But most of them are predictable and preventable."

AAA, Safe Kids and the Minnesota Safety Council urge all of us to focus on key behaviors.

In the water: Give kids your undivided attention, check that pool drains meet new standards to prevent suction entrapment, and wear life jackets on open water.

In and around traffic: Teach children to put down the phone and other devices when walking, cross streets where they are expected, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing. Use the proper car seat for your child's age and size, and never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.

At play: Always wear a helmet for biking and other wheeled sports.

At home: Move furniture away from windows and install window guards.
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NOTES TO EDITOR: See http://www.minnesotasafetycouncil.org/safekids/index.cfm for links to more on childhood injury prevention.

Safe Kids Minnesota is coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing injuries on the road, at work, at home, and in the community.

As North America's largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 56 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.

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