By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Beaumont Health and local public safety departments combined to educate parents and children on injury prevention during a community safety day.
The inaugural safety day was brought to Dearborn Aug. 20 after similar successful events were hosted at Beaumont campuses in Trenton and Wayne.
Families were educated on how to stay safe at home, in their vehicles or while participating in recreational activities.
At the Beaumont Physical Therapy & Wellness Center, 17101 Rotunda Drive, a K-9 demonstration, bike safety demonstrations and bike helmet fittings were conducted as part of the event.
“Community gatherings like this one serve as a great way to learn about health and our public safety services,” Dearborn resident Kelly Chowa said. “It’s important to be aware of the safety issues or injuries that can affect us.”
Attendees were able to check out fire trucks, equipment from both the fire and police departments and a Beaumont One helicopter.
“Everyone loves to play around with the fire truck because it gives an inside look at what firefighters use on a daily basis,” Dearborn resident Mark Gessy said. “The helicopter was a great addition to learn how and when it’s used for rescue situations from an accident scene.”
A driving simulator allowed those in attendance to experience the basics of driving on the road without having to get in a real vehicle.
Beaumont also had concussion awareness, children’s fingerprinting and identification kits, health screenings and general health and fitness information available on site.
“We want to reach out to the community and provide information about how to prevent injuries before they occur,” Beaumont Hospital-Dearborn Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator Scott Stockinger said. “We also want to encourage residents of all ages to stay safe and show them the many services we provide here.”
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)