Columbus Regional Health hosts Safe Kids Day to prevent injuries

Columbus Regional Health hosts Safe Kids Day to prevent injuries
Published: Jun. 17, 2017 at 3:13 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2017 at 7:22 PM EDT
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(Source: WTVM/Jose Zozaya)
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Regional Health helped parents take the time to teach their kids about staying safe at all times with Safe Kids Day.

A crowd of eager kids on their bikes bunching up to start their day of fun and learning here at Safe Kids Day 2017.

Families started their day by going inside Midtown Medical Center, where they learned tips on camping safety and indoor safety, before making their way back onto the streets.

The first 300 kids received backpacks filled with goodies all put together by Columbus Regional Health.

Their mission for Safe Kids Day was to prevent major injuries that can happen, especially to kids, when they're outside on their bikes, in the pool or ocean, or just out in the hot sun.

They want to educate not just kids, but their parents by knowing these injuries can be completely avoided with the right education, awareness, and planning.

Corporal Justin Evans of the Columbus Police Department says, "Just teaching them to stop, look left and right. Make sure no cars are coming, you know; simple things like that."

Corporal Evans also knows parents play a big role in teaching their kids how to stay safe.

He says, "It's something that the parents can learn along with us, and make sure the kids are practicing that on a daily basis."

One of the more exciting parts of the day's activities was the obstacle course for kids who bring their bikes.

They got to put their new knowledge to the test and talk to some helpful professionals who know the best way to keep them safe.

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