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Help your child be safe

Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkKids and parents will have a chance to learn about safety from bike helmets to car safety seats at the Breckenridge Medical Centers ninth annual Health and Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

BRECKENRIDGE – All parents want their kids to be safe, and the Breckenridge Medical Center is helping that happen.The medical center is sponsoring the ninth annual Health and Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday on the plaza at the Village at Breckenridge. It’s aimed for elementary schools, and it usually draws 75-100 kids, said Kelley Lau, trauma coordinator.

The fair will feature a bike rodeo where kids can learn about bike safety while they ride through figure-eight courses, demonstrate hand signals and test their balance. Bike helmet giveaways and instructions for proper fit will be part of the rodeo.Kids also can tour an ambulance, practice “Stop, Drop and Roll” with the fire department, practice calling 911 and reporting an emergency, and learn about proper brushing, among other things. The medical center staff will take blood pressure, pulse, height and weight. Children also can listen to their heartbeats and see what bones look like on an X-ray. Oh, and we can’t forget about the balloon animals, free popcorn and goody bags.

“The fair gives children a chance to meet doctors, nurses and firefighters in a nonthreatening environment, when they’re not sick or under stress,” Lau said. “They love climbing on the fire truck and getting free bike helmets, and they love being in the ambulance and being around our local heroes.”Police officers can take children’s fingerprints for parents to keep, and parents can fit their children in personal floatation devices and get their own knee, hand or shoulder orthopedic screening from Steadman-Hawkins Clinic. Howard Head Sports Medicine staff will give tips on sports conditioning and injury prevention.In addition, Breckenridge Ski Patrol will review on-snow safety, and there will be discounts on children’s ski helmets. Central Mountains SAFEKIDS will inspect car seats.

For more information, call (970) 453-1010.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at

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