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Lee Memorial to host Children’s Injury Prevention Fair

By Staff | Jan 21, 2010

Lee Memorial Hospital is hosting a Children’s Injury Prevention Fair this Saturday to educate families on how to avoid physically damaging accidents.
The hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Services works alongside The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida to provide activities and informational sessions of preventing common injuries such as falls, burns or car accidents.
The fair is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s auditorium and parking lot on 2776 Cleveland Ave., in Fort Myers.
“There will be so much good information for parents and kids,” said Michele King, director of the Child Advocacy Program at The Children’s Hospital. “It is very interactive.”
King said this is the third year for the prevention fair and organizers recently decided to move the event from November to January in order to bring in more participants. Because of the date change, the fair won’t include Swampy or the safety house.
Stations will be set up throughout the fair to deal with specific topics including fittings for helmets or car seats, CPR demonstrations, safe-baby sitting information, fingerprinting, gun safety, nutrition and tobacco prevention.
Ultimately, the goal is to connect the trauma center and doctors with the community, she said.
“We do it annually at Lee Memorial Hospital because it is our trauma center and our doctors like to identify with the community,” she said.
One hundred children who attend the fair will receive free helmets as long as it will fit the child.
Throughout the year the hospital system’s Child Advocacy team works with families on properly fitting car seats. On Saturday the team will help parents learn about the safety seats, proper installation and any information on car seat recalls. Anyone wanting their car seat to be checked should call 432-4491.
The main focus for The Children’s Hospital is on checking car seats, promoting drowning prevention and hosting the Teddy Bear Clinic. Children may bring a toy or stuffed animal to the clinic.
Officials from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office will also discuss gun safety and hand out gun locks. The Sheriff Office’s helicopter and other public safety vehicles will also be on display.