Educational Personal Safety Initiative for Kids Returns to Willmar

Published in News Author: Carris Health

The Willmar Ambulance Service is once again leading an educational personal safety initiative for local elementary students. Dedicated to helping young people get the information they need to play safe and stay safe, this is the 4th time the organization has brought an award-winning safety resource to area kids.

Parents receive a copy of Personal Safety: Smart choices for LIFE, a comprehensive 112-page handbook geared towards children, so they can review useful information with their child on safety at home, at school, at play, outside, and around strangers. The materials are produced by Community Safety Net, and are widely used to educate young people about staying safe.

In addition to educating youth, Personal Safety: Smart choices for LIFE is a comprehensive family resource. It offers health and first-aid information, along with great safety tips, lessons, and fun exercises that promote making smart choices about personal safety. A free downloadable app for smartphones and tablets is included, which is customized to provide local safety contact numbers — along with safety tips, videos, and other important safety information.

This valuable safety resource was made available to the kids through the generous support of local businesses and organizations.

Every day, more than 43,000 North American children are injured seriously enough to need emergency room attention. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost all accidents are preventable and education is the most effective way to prevent them from happening.

“As part of Willmar Ambulance safety initiatives, we feel it’s important to get as much information out to the public as possible,” said Brad Hanson, Operations Manager of Willmar Ambulance Service. “It’s important for the safety of all our children. This resource is packed with great tips and interactive learning applications for kids.”

If your household does not receive a handbook and you would like a copy, requests can be made by calling Brad Hanson at 320-231-4017.