The is sponsoring a Kids' Safety Day featuring martial arts, gymnastics and self-defense demonstrations as well as car seat and bicycle safety inspections from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at at 15808 Manchester Road.
Certified car seat technicians will be on site to check car seats for safety and to provide tips on the best way to safely secure a child passenger. Police said typical problems with car seat installation include:
- Improper use (or no use) of locking clips or shoulder harness clips
- Loose seat belts securing the car seat
- Parents tend to move children up to the next child restraint too early
- Use of recalled or old seats
- Use of seats that have been in a collision.
Ellisville police said each car seat inspection should take roughly 20 minutes.
FBI Child ID kits also will be offerred to parents which record children's information including height, weight, a photo and fingerprinting for relocation purposes.
The Ellisville Police Department also will be offering a offering a special child safety helmet program. Children can bring in their existing safety helmet for inspection and fitting by a certified police officer. The technicians also will be available to inspect bicycles for safety and sizing. Police said a very limited amount of free helmets will be available to residents who cannot afford them.
Other scheduled features include martial arts demonstrations, gymnastics performance and self-defense instruction. Free refreshments including hot dogs, soda, water, pizza, chicken wings and popcorn also will be served. Police said the department also will have games and prizes for kids along with raffles for gift certificates to local businesses.