kids at safety town

Little ones learn safety skills at safety town

Posted June 15, 2018 in Police by Andrea Litchfield

Fire trucks, police dogs and bicycle helmets: Safety Town came to Hilliard this week!

Safety Town is a one-week course that focuses on teaching children safe practices both at school and at home. The curriculum includes bicycle safety, pedestrian safety, school bus safety, fire safety, seat belt safety, gun safety, 9-1-1 and stranger danger.

The program utilizes a realistic, child-sized town designed to provide a complete hands-on safety education for children. Miniature buildings, cross walks and traffic provided by the children on tricycles help to give the children the experience they need before they take their final walk on a real street with real traffic and signals escorted by police officers

Safety Town is presented by the Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department, with assistance from the Hilliard Division of Police, Norwich Township Fire Department and Hilliard City Schools District. The program, open to children entering kindergarten in the fall, has been in existence for more than 25 years.

On Monday, children were welcomed into Safety Town and received their bicycle helmets, which they used the entire week and could keep. Students also learned about poison safety from Spike’s Poison Prevention Adventure, and Hilliard police presented an energetic activity about personal safety called “Retro Bill.”

On Tuesday, children wore red and focused on fire safety. Norwich Township firefighters led tours of emergency vehicles, and children learned to crawl through a safety house as they practiced “Stop, Drop and Roll!” The entire building conducted a fire drill.

On Wednesday, children wore blue as they learned about the jobs of Hilliard police officers, including tours of a police cruiser, opportunities to try on police equipment and uniforms and a demonstration of a police motorcycle. Children met one of the agency’s K9s and discussed bicycle safety with a member of the agency’s bike patrol.

On Thursday, children learned about personal safety and half the classes took their skills to the streets with a Safety Walk, escorted by police officers. They were also introduced to “Eddie Eagle,” who taught children what to do if they find a gun, and learned about natural gas with “Digger the Dog.”

On Friday, the final day of Safety Town, children learned about bus safety with “Buster” as well as water safety. Additionally, the other classes went on a Safety Walk. The week culminated with a graduation ceremony attended by local dignitaries.

Registration for 2019’s Safety Town will open this winter.