Bicycle Safety Rodeo and Safe Kids Day
St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center hosted its annual Bicycle Safety Rodeo and Safe Kids Day on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The purpose of the event was to provide children ages 3-12 and their families with an opportunity to learn about safety and prevention while participating in sports and other recreational activities. There were hundreds of children and families who attended and received free bike helmets and had their bikes inspected.
The day included bicycle inspections conducted by the Economy Bike Shop. Bicycle tires, frames, handlebars, chain guards, and reflectors are checked, and parents receive a check-list for each bike indicating if anything needs to be repaired. Children were given a free bike helmet, which was fitted by one of the St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center’s therapists. They were able to ride a bicycle safety course, which was organized by the Lawrence Township Police Department and Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, where they illustrated knowledge of traffic signals, hand signals, parked cars, and how to avoid unexpected obstacles.
Water safety programs were conducted by the Hamilton YMCA and the Making Waves Swim School. They included games and other activities geared towards water safety. St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center gave away Personal Flotation Devices for children up to 90 pounds.
The Lawrenceville Fire Department provided an engine, and taught children about fire hazards. Other participants included Capital Health, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital at Hamilton, St. Francis Medical Center, the Princeton, HealthCare System, and the Trenton Thunder Baseball team, with mascot Boomer. Bristol-Myers Squibb presented an exhibit on hazardous materials. The Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County, Greater Mercer TMA, Lakeview Child Center, Inc., the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, PNC Bank, RAI, McCaffrey’s Supermarkets, Quakerbridge Radiology –a Princeton Radiology Practice, the Hopewell and Lawrence Township Health Departments, Rutgers Mercer County 4-H, the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey, and the Trenton Freedom also participated.
Car Seat Check-Up Event
St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center, the lead organization of the Mercer County Chapter of Safe Kids and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department sponsored a car seat check-up event on Saturday, June 7th at St. Lawrence. Officers from the Sheriff’s Department, who are certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, checked car seats to make sure they are installed properly, are the right size for each child’s age, height and weight, are in the proper location and face the appropriate direction. St. Lawrence hosts this event every year as part of the Safe Kids Campaign.
Safe Kids Day at Trenton Thunder
St. Lawrence Rehabilitation Center sponsored Safe Kids Day at the Trenton Thunder on Sunday, June 8th. They provided information about safety during sports and recreational activities, and how to prevent injuries. They welcomed Capital Health, Princeton HealthCare System, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital at Hamilton, and St. Francis Medical Center who also had exhibits about safety. St. Lawrence is pleased to work with the Trenton Thunder to help keep children safe!