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Fifth annual Safety Fair held in Springfield

This event is an interactive way for the whole family to learn how to prevent accidents and injuries.

Posted: May 11, 2019 5:20 PM
Updated: May 11, 2019 7:29 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The fifth annual "Family Safety Fair" was held at the Willamalane Bob Keefer Center in Springfield Saturday.

This event is an interactive way for the whole family to learn how to prevent accidents and injuries.

Some of the activities included child car seat checks, free bike helmets and water safety tips.

The fun did not stop inside. There were also tours of a life-flight helicopter, a coast guard boat, a special ambulance for transporting newborns, and other emergency vehicles.

"I'm a pediatric surgeon and one of the things pediatric surgeons do is take care of injured children, and I don't want to ever take care of an injured child again because there isn't a single accident that happens that's not preventable," said Kim Ruscher, an organizer of the event.

Ruscher said one of the safety initiatives was putting button batteries in hot dogs to show what a child's esophagus would look like if they were to swallow one.

The event was presented by Safe Kids West Oregon, a nonprofit coalition focused on keeping children safe, and sponsored by Northwest Community Credit Union, Oregon Family Magazine, PeaceHealth and Bi-Coastal Media.

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