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Safety becomes an adventure

POSTED: March 3, 2007 5:09 a.m.
Roughly the size of a small house, a nearly 1,000 square-foot, animated home will unfold from a semi-tractor truck at the Hinesville Lowe’s Saturday  to create a replica of a living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and backyard.
The goal is to teach children home safety. And children and parents become “safety rangers” as they join a quest with tour guides and Rover, the Great Safety Adventure’s Home Safety Hound, to search the house in an effort to locate common safety hazards.
The Great Safety Adventure concentrates on five safety risk areas: (1) slips and falls; (2) poisonings; (3) fires and burns; (4) choking/suffocation and (5) drowning. Unintentional injuries at home result in an average of nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits each year.
The Great Safety Adventure was created and launched in 1999 by the Home Safety Council to help create safer homes. Since 1999, the exhibit has reached nearly 750,000 children and parents.
Currently, there are two exhibits traveling across the country making stops in more than 50 towns.
The Great Safety Adventure, sponsored by Lowe’s, also reaches children through www.homesafetycouncil.org, the Home Safety Council’s Web site.
Children and parents can also navigate through CodeRedRover.org Web pages, an interactive safety tool for children, offering games, activities, safety checklists and tips. Led by Rover, the award-winning site provides home safety lessons that teachers can share in class and children can access at home.
The Home Safety Council is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to preventing home related injuries that result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year.
 

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