Make plans to attend the North Oaks Medical Center Level II Trauma Center’s 3rd annual
“Play It Safe” event with your family Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free,
interactive safety event will be held at Cate Square Park in Historic
Play It Safe’s goal is to increase safety awareness among families
with children, age 12 and younger, through fun-filled educational demonstrations
“Our goal is to help prevent unintentional injuries and deaths among
children,” explains Ashley Miller, event organizer and North Oaks
market strategist/business development representative.
Each year in the U.S., more than 2,200 children – or six children
a day – die at home from unintentional injuries, and more than 3.5
million more children go to emergency rooms for the kinds of injuries
that commonly happen in homes, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.
These statistics hit close to home for Dr. Marquinn Duke, trauma program
medical director for North Oaks. “We treat thousands of children
who suffer from injuries that could have been prevented in any given year,”
Play It Safe zones will focus on areas and activities where injuries are
most likely to occur. A “home zone” will offer prevention
activities focused on food, fire and home hazards. An “outdoors
and sports zone” will promote proper shoe fit, as well as basic
sports, hunting, fishing and exploring safety. The “wheels zone”
will offer car seat, seat belt and all-terrain vehicle safety demos, and
certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to book one-on-one
car seat safety check appointments for anyone interested at a later date.
A bicycle course and bicycle helmet giveaway will anchor the wheel zone.
The helmets will be fitted and provided free of charge to the first 300
children, ages 2-12, pre-registered
here. Pre-registration is not required to attend the event, however.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, wearing
bike helmets reduces head injuries by 85 percent and brain injuries by
For more information, call North Oaks Public Relations at (985) 230-6647.