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Silverthorne Police Department hosts 15th Safe Summer Kickoff event

Jessica Smith
jsmith@summitdaily.com

Now that summer has finally reached the High Country, Summit residents are getting into it in all sorts of ways, from barbecues to hikes and boat rides. For the Silverthorne Police Department, this means it's time to once again gather other local departments together for the Safe Summer Kickoff.

For 15 years, Silverthorne has hosted the event, which offers an afternoon of activities, food and giveaways for families and children, with an emphasis on personal safety.

Last year, between 700 and 800 people showed up to take advantage of the event offerings. Each year, the department prepares for around 1,200 or so participants, said Silverthorne police sergeant Misty Higby, and everyone is welcome, particularly families with children ages 3 to 15.

Fire safety is a big topic, with representatives from Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue giving tours of their fire engines. There is also a "smoke house" trailer, which teaches kids what to do when the building they're in fills up with smoke. Smokey Bear will likely make an appearance.

Children will also get to see the inside of a Flight for Life helicopter and an ambulance. The ambulance will have stuffed animals for children to practice on with stethoscopes and bandages.

Colorado State Patrol will be in attendance to encourage the use of seat belts. They will bring a wrecked car that was part of a drunken-driving incident, as well as a seat belt safety simulator.

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"They feel the sensation of being pulled down, so they understand, "Oh, that makes sense why I need to wear a seatbelt,'" Higby said.

Summit County Animal Control will discuss the importance of collars with identification tags and leashes for dogs, while the Silverthorne Recreation center will talk about water safety. Water Rescue and Search and Rescue will also be in attendance.

Kids will have the chance to make their way through a variety of educational booths, which teach skills such as how to call 911 and what information to give the dispatchers.

Each attending child will receive a little passport booklet, which will be stamped as they complete each area. Once all the stamps are in, the child can then turn in their passport for a chance to win a bicycle in a raffle. Bicycles will be raffled throughout the event.

In fact, bicycle safety was one of the main goals for starting the event in the first place, according to Higby.

"That's part of the reason it was created," she said, "because there were issues with kids not wearing helmets and not understanding bike safety in general."

One booth will be handing out free children's helmets for young bikers and skateboarders, while the Centura Health booth next to it will provide proper fittings for individual heads. Kids will also have the chance to decorate their helmets.

While most of the events will take place at the back of the building, in the front parking lot, parents can get car seats for a donation amount, which will then be placed into their cars by officers certified in car seat installation.

"Most people don't realize that there is an actual way that people need to install those properly," Higby said.

In addition to all the activities, there will be free food and drinks provided to all attendees.

If You Go

What: Safe Summer Kickoff

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6

Where: Silverthorne Elementary School, 101 Hamilton Creek Drive, Silverthorne

Cost: Free

More information: Call the Silverthorne Police Department at (970) 262-7320