Safety at home, at school and on the streets is the subject of a new awareness campaign for young people sponsored by the Fullerton Parks and Recreation Department, in cooperation with a number of community agencies, including the Fullerton Police and Fire departments and the Fullerton School District.
“Live S.A.F.E. (Staying Accident Free Everywhere)” is the title of the campaign, and a special kick-off rally will be held from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at Independence Park.
The rally, which is open to the public, will include activities, student performances, contests and guest speakers.
Aaron Orozco, recreation supervisor for the city, said the idea for the three-month campaign grew out of a concern that children are not getting the necessary instruction on how to handle such basic real life issues as what to do in a fire, how to stay safe in a pool, and how to protect themselves when out on the street.
“Adults tend to assume that a kid’s common sense will help them in those kind of situations, but we can’t count on that, especially in young children with little life experience,” Orozco said. “Kids need to be taught the basics to ensure the highest level of safety.”
The campaign will consist of weekly sessions conducted at each of the city’s after-school programs. The sessions will offer guest speakers and special activities all focused on safety themes.
In addition to the police and fire departments and the school district, other organizations participating in the campaign are the North Orange County YMCA, the Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fullerton.
The campaign will end Thursday, May 12, with a special Community Safety Fair at Independence Park. Children who have participated in the campaign will be invited to present reports on what they have learned in the process. The fair will also feature interactive events, as well as informational booths sponsored by local nonprofit organizations.
Fullerton Independence Park is located at 801 W. Valencia Drive, just east of Euclid Street.
Further information about the rally or the “Live S.A.F.E.” campaign may be obtained by calling Orozco at (714) 738-5382.
Parents of children requiring special accommodations to attend the rally or participate in the campaign are asked to notify the Fullerton Parks and Recreation Department staff at (714) 738-6575 prior to Feb. 16.