SAFETY TOPICS

The order of the topics varies with the availability of representatives of the fire and police departments and other speakers. Some activities are weather dependent. Two days notice will be given before bicycle safety so that bikes and helmets can be brought to camp.

 

CROSSING THE STREET                      Memory Book Project: Stop sign

  1. Learn name, address, phone number.                                                                          

  2. How to walk on sidewalks and cross the street at crosswalks.                                

  3. Stop before entering a crosswalk.

  4. Look 1 – 2 – 3   (left, right, left again over shoulder).

  5. Listen for the sounds of cars, sirens, etc.

  6. Walk across street quickly; no running or stopping in the middle of the street; no playing in the street.

  7. Always stay within the two crosswalk white lines.

  8. Vocabulary:  “Pedestrian” and “Crosswalk.”

  9. You have the right of way to cross a street. Cars must stop to let your cross.  Make eye contact with the driver and cross slowly and carefully.

PEDESTRIAN/MOTORIST SAFETY                    Speaker: Policeman

Pedestrian Safety

Includes practicing crossing streets at lights & stop signs; safety at the curb.

  1. Meaning of the colors of stoplights.

  2. Look: 1 – 2 – 3 (left, right, left again over shoulder).                           

  3. Wait for car to stop (drivers sometimes don’t; may not see pedestrians).

  4. Do not run or stop in the middle of the street.                               

  5. Cross in the crosswalk only.

  6. Curb safety:  don’t run out between parked cars.

  7. Don’t dart into street without looking.

  8. Watch when crossing driveways, either when walking or on a bike.

  9. Don’t play near the street. Don’t chase a ball into the street.

Motorist Safety                                        

Campers act as motorists in “cars” on the Safety Town outdoors

  1. Drive on the right side of the road.

  2. Fasten all seat belts while riding in a car.

  3. Sit safely while driving:  feet near the pedals, using both hands (10 and 2 o’clock).   

  4. Stop at stop signs; look both ways for pedestrians, then go.

  5. No speeding, bumping, or pushing.

  6. Discussion of signs: stop signs, railroad and school crossings, stop and go lights, do not enter, and one-way streets.

  7. Always stop for pedestrians. They have the right of way in Illinois. You must allow them to cross the street.

BUS SAFETY                                                    Project: Yellow school bus

  1. Getting on the bus:  line up, one at a time, no pushing, hold on to the bar.

  2. Riding the bus:  sit back in the seat, buckle up.

    1. Be the bus driver’s friend by following directions.

    2. Use your “inside” voice, talking quietly.

    3. Keep the aisle clear; keep hands and head inside the bus.

  3. Leaving the bus; no pushing.

    1. First row leaves, then second, etc.

    2. One person at a time gets off. Hold on to the bar.

STRANGER? DANGER!                                        Project: Stick Puppets

  1. Discussion of who is a stranger, who is not. How you can tell for yourself.

  2. Don't talk to strangers.

  3. Don't take anything from a stranger.

  4. Don't go anywhere with a stranger.

  5. Stay near home; play with a friend.

  6. Be home before dark.

  7. Tell an adult if you feel uncomfortable or if a stranger approaches you.

  8. If a stranger grabs you, kick and yell as loud as you can and run away.

GOOD TOUCH/BAD TOUCH      Project: (shield) “I own my own body.”

You own your own body. No one should touch you if you don't want to be touched.

Tell an adult or teacher if someone touches you and you are uncomfortable.

Tell an adult or teacher if you are asked to keep a secret after being touched.

FIRST AID, SEAT BELTS, 911                                    Project:  Doctor Kit

  1. If someone needs help, is hurt or can’t get up, get an adult. Call 911.          

  2. Wash a wound with soap and water before applying bandage.

  3. In case of bleeding, press a clean towel against wound to stop bleeding.

  4. Apply ice wrapped in a towel to bumps.

Seat Belts

  1. Seat belts: make them a habit; wearing them is the law in Illinois. 

  2. “Listen for the click.”

  3. What they do for you in an accident.                                                       

  4. Remind parents and drivers and other passengers to buckle up.

  5. Talk quietly in car and keep your hands to yourself.

911 information

  1. When to call 911:  If someone is very sick, bleeding or unconscious; in case or a fire or an accident.

  2. You will be asked to give your name, the address, and the phone number.

  3. How to use 911:  dialing, giving information, how to explain what is wrong.

POISON PREVENTION & HOME SAFETY      Project:  NoSiop Snake

  1. Medicine should be taken only with adult supervision.       

  2. Use and storage of cleaning supplies, paint, bleach, etc. 

  3. Dangers of plastic bags, houseplants, some toys with small parts.        

  4. Dangers of empty refrigerators.                                                 

  5. Choking signal (putting hands around throat).

  6. Don’t put anything in your mouth except food.

  7. Heimlich Maneuver demonstration.

FIRE PREVENTION                                                                      Project: Contract

The Evanston Fire Department "Smoke House" trailer visits to demonstrate fire hazards and precautions in a kitchen.

Contract: "My hands will never play with matches.”

  1. Never play with matches or lighters.

  2. Don’t play with electrical cords or light sockets.  Watch friends and younger brothers and sisters.

  3. Don’t play near a kitchen stove or a wood burning stove or fireplace.

  4. Tell an adult if you see someone playing with dangerous materials.

  5. Stay away from campfires, fireplaces, candles, and oil lamps.

 

What to do in a fire                                                                                    

  1. Get out of the building!  Either walk out or crawl.  Don’t stop to get anything!

  2. Don’t go back in!

  3. Sleep with bedroom door closed.  If you smell smoke, feel the door before opening. If the door feels hot, do not open it.  Go to a window.          

  4. Do not hide under the bed or in a closet.                                               

  5. Stop, drop and roll if your clothing catches on fire.         

Repeat 911 information from first day

In case of fire, do not dial 911 from your home. Get out of the house and go to a neighbor’s house to call.

PLAYGROUND SAFETY                       Project:  Memory book pictures

  1. Discussion of playground equipment: swings, slides, jungle gyms, bars, merry-go-rounds, seesaws.

  2. Safety rules and courtesy to other children.                                        

  3. Always know where your hands and feet are.

  4. Don’t crowd or bump into others on the equipment.

PET SAFETY                                                         Project: Happy the Dog  

Speaker: Owner/trainer of therapy dogs

  1. Animals may be afraid of you. Ask the owner for permission to approach an animal who doesn’t know you.

  2. Let a dog smell the back of your hand before you try to pet it.                  

  3. Let a cat smell your hand first before you try to pet it or pick it up. Pick up the hind feet also.

  4. Rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters may bite if frightened by you. Ask the owner first.

BICYCLE SAFETY                                    Project: Bring bikes & helmets

Speaker: Bike store representative

  1. Wear a helmet that fits. Be sure your forehead is protected by the helmet. Don’t wear it like a cap.

  2. Ride a bicycle on the right side of the street moving with traffic in single file.  Walk bicycle across corners.

  3. Ride a bicycle that fits you (not too big).                                                

  4. Take proper care of the bicycle.  Check tires, brakes, seat, handlebars.              

  5. Keep bicycle in a safe place. When it’s not in use, lock it.                  

  6. Use your bell to alert walkers. Walkers always have the right of way.

  7. State law requires a light in front, reflectors in back and a bell.

  8. In some areas, it is illegal to ride your bike on a sidewalk. Pedestrians have been injured. Know the law.

  9. Demonstration of hand signals for turning, stopping.

  10. Keep pant legs out of the way of the chain.

  11. Don't speed. You should always be able to stop quickly.

  12. On a busy street, watch car doors and drivers so a door is not opened in front of you.  Watch driveways.

BEACH & WATER SAFETY                                  Project: Memory book 

  1. Don’t go in deep water. 

  2. Evanston beaches don't allow inflatables because they can take you into deep water.

  3. Always swim with an adult.                                                       

  4. Don’t splash someone in the eyes. Don’t throw sand.

  5. Listen to the lifeguard. Listen for the whistle. Be calm if the lifeguard is trying to help you.

  6. Don’t push in the water or dunk; you can lose your balance. If someone is bothering you,  say "Stop" and move away.

SUMMER 2020 SCHEDULE
JUNE 1, 2020
DISTRICT 65 CANCELLED ALL SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR 2020 DUE TO THE CORONA 19 VIRUS. THAT MEANS THAT SAFETY TOWN WILL NOT MEET.
We are hoping that camp will be able to meet in 2021. Please check this website in late January for tentative dates, pending confirmation from the District of summer school, depending on snow dates.
All dates are TENTATIVE until Dist. 65 summer school start date is confirmed by the school board. That generally happens at the end of February. 
Let's hope 5 snow days are not needed, eh?
JUNE 15 -
JUNE 26

9:30 - 11:30 am. or 1-3 pm.

Limit of 40 campers. Ages 4-7.

Fee is $125 per camper. Register online and then print and mail registration form and fee. Registration will be confirmed by email.

50% scholarships available for free & reduced lunch students.

             FEE

SAFETY TOWN CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO CORONA 19 VIRUS. SEE INFORMATION UNDER 2020 SCHEDULE.

 

Registration fee is $125 per camper. 50% scholarships are available for free/reduced students. Documentation required.

After filling in the online registration, please print out the form & mail it with a check or money order to the address below. Registration is not complete until the form and fee are received and confirmed by email.

There is no fee for the teen volunteers in recognition of the importance they provide to the camp. Thanks, teens.

JUNE 29 -
JULY 10

9:30 - 11:30 am MORNING ONLY. If demand is high enough, an afternoon session will open.

Limit of 40 campers. Ages 4 - 7.  

Fee is $125 per camper. Register online and then print and mail registration form and fee. Registration will be confirmed by email.

50% scholarships available for free & reduced lunch students.

JULY  13-
JULY 24

9:30 - 11:30 am or 1 -3 pm.

Limit of 40 campers. Ages 4-7.

 

Fee is $125 per camper. Register online and then print and mail registration form and fee. Registration will be confirmed by email.

50% scholarships available for free & reduced lunch students.

Evanston Safety Town

c/o Guthrie

1003 Dobson St.

Evanston, IL    60202-3816

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