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2 fairs to focus on child safety

Layton events to teach families about riding in cars safely

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LAYTON — Safety fairs Tuesday and Thursday will give area Boy Scouts a chance to pass off various Scouting requirements, such as learning about tobacco and alcohol, how to change oil and check tire pressure, safety tips around cars and nutrition information.

Safe Kids Davis County and Layton Young Chevrolet have teamed up to highlight the importance of Child Passenger Safety Week by providing health and safety-oriented activities for Scout requirements.

Scout groups, families and friends can learn about various safety and health issues through several interactive booths on Tuesday at Layton Young Chevrolet, 645 S. Main St., from 4 to 6 p.m.

Lewis Garrett, director of the Davis County Health Department, said the goal of this event is to keep children safe.

Educating children and their families about the appropriate way to ride in a car is one way to do that, he said.

"A seat-belt fit test will be conducted with all participants to show the correct fit, and if applicable, why a booster seat should be used," said Jeri Boren, a health educator with the county health department. "While supplies last, free booster seats will be available to those who don't pass the seat-belt fit test.

"More than 300 kids aged 5-9 have been to the emergency room in the past five years with injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes," Boren said. "Through observational studies conducted by Safe Kids Davis County and crash data, only 11 percent of our students are appropriately restrained in booster seats."

Free child ID kits, several prizes and food will be available.

A second child passenger safety event takes place at the Layton Hills Mall on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Families can participate in similar activities, although the event at the mall is not specifically to pass off Scouting requirements.

For more information, call 801-451-3395.