Thursday, September 14, 2000

Kiwanis to hold safety fair

Expanded event includes demos, is first in Fairfield

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFIELD — The Kiwanis Club will host its first-ever safety fair Saturday at the fire department headquarters.

        In the past, the Kiwanis Club of Fairfield sold bike helmets and provided inspections for child safety seats. But this year's program has been expanded to also include demonstrations for saving choking victims, child fingerprinting and kids' activities.

        “We've decided to beef up what we had in the past,” said Jody Forman, president of the Kiwanis Club, which is 4 years old.

        “We think that there is a real need. We think that parents are very concerned about safety for their kids in this day and age. It's more of a hands-on type of event to get kids thinking.”

        The safety fair will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fairfield Fire Headquarters, 375 Nilles Road.

        It also will feature DARE officers with their drug-sniffing dogs, a fire engine, swimming safety and cardiopulmonary resuscitation lessons, as well as puppets, clowns and food. All size bike helmets will be sold for $10.

        “All of our projects, at least in Fairfield, are aimed at children. It develops a certain bond between the people that protect us and the kids,” said Dick Dassel, spokesman for the Kiwanis.


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