Sept. 4, 2012 : Submitted by Wendy Brickman
Delano's own William Ritchey Insurance will host "Community Safety Saturday" a free, family-friendly event sponsored by* *Capital
This important safety event will feature dozens of exciting activities and demonstrations as well as life-saving information for parents, children and the whole community. The event will
take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at
William Ritchey Insurance, 617 Main Street, in Delano.
William Ritchey, President of William Ritchey Insurance states, "Our goal is to promote child safety any way we can. At ‘Community Safety Saturday,' we'll be providing parents child safety information that is indeed life-saving. We are committed to educating parents about the dangers to children in and out of the car."
August was "Purple Ribbon Month," which honors Kaitlyn Russell, a
6-month-old girl who died in 2000 after being left in a hot van. In the
fall of 2001, the Governor of California signed into law Senate Bill 255,
also known as Kaitlyn's Law, which makes it illegal for a child to be left
unattended in a motor vehicle.
Ritchey explains, "According to the National Highway Safety Administration, one child dies from heatstroke nearly every ten days from being left in a vehicle. So far this summer 21 Californian children have lost their lives because they were left in unattended vehicles. In our effort to prevent these needless tragedies, we are providing important information and reminding parents and caregivers to be sure to look in the back seat before they get out of the car, and never
leave a child in a vehicle unattended."
One of the most important features of "Community Safety Saturday" is the free child car-seat safety inspections. As of Jan. 1, 2012, California Law places restrictions on where and how a child may occupy a vehicle, based on the child's age and height.
More than 80 percent of the car seats inspected at "Community Safety Saturday" events have been improperly installed.
Parents are glad to avoid the $470 cost for a citation by learning how to comply with the law.
During "Community Safety Saturday," the focus is on educating parents and caregivers about correct installation techniques,
including what is safest for their particular child and specific vehicle.
"Community Safety Saturday" will feature the following free activities:
· Kern County Department of Public Health Services will operate a
child car-seat inspection station in association with the California
Highway Patrol–Bakersfield office and Delano Police Department.
· The KlaasKids Foundation will host the KlaasKids Print-A-Thon,
which provides Digital Photo ID & Fingerprint Kits for every child. Parents receive a free Do-It-Yourself DNA Collection Kit, child safety tips and a nine-point plan on what to do if their child disappears.
* The KlaasKids Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to stop crimes against children by providing education and knowledge to the general public, and promoting partnerships with concerned citizens, the private sector, organizations, law enforcement and legislators.
· California Highway Patrol will provide family safety information.
· Kern County Fire Department will bring a fire engine for display and education.
· Delano Police Department will bring safety information, a squad car
and fun giveaways for children.
· First 5 Kern will bring free kits that include preschool-level
books, safety-related giveaways and information for parents of children ranging from newborns to age 5.
· Kern County Sheriff's Office will provide safety information and
presentations on bicycle safety, gun safety and gang identification and
will bring their Search and Rescue Boat Team.
· Kern County Department of Human Services will provide safety
information about the dangers of leaving children in the car and will bring attention to "Kaitlyn's Law."
· Boy Scouts of America–Southern Sierra Council will provide
emergency survival and safety information and fun activities.
· Girl Scouts of Central California South will provide first-aid
kits, lunch bags, pens and safety information.
· The California Department of Boating and Waterways will encourage
clean and safe boating practices through educational materials and by
offering 30 life jackets in adult and children's sizes as prize giveaways.
· Delano Ambulance Service will bring an ambulance for display and
education, first-aid books and pens.
· Delano Chamber of Commerce will provide community safety
· Mariachi Mestizo, a youth mariachi band, will perform from 11 a.m. to
· There will be two radio remote broadcasts with live DJ appearances
and prize giveaways: La Preciosa, 105.3 FM radio, 10 a.m. –noon, and KRAB 106.1 FM noon–2 p.m.
In addition to educational activities, demonstrations, fun games and food, there will be a drawing at the end of the event for exciting prizes, including a Solar Safety Flashlight, a Bluetooth® headset, StoveTop FireStop devices, an emergency radio and an emergency roadside kit.
The grand prizes will be a 32" flat screen TV and a Google Tablet. Free
reusable tote bags with safety coloring books, crayons and other giveaways will also be distributed while supplies last.
Sandie Borthwick, Corporate Marketing Manager, remarks, "We are very proud to partner with community safety-oriented public services and William Ritchey Insurance. CIG's ‘Community Safety Saturday' was born out of our concern and commitment to keep children and families safe."
Ritchey adds, "‘Community Safety Saturday' makes child, family and
community safety something fun for all ages. It's a great way for us to share information on serious subjects and still have a good time."
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