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May 2, 2012

SIU Med School Offers Free Car Seat Inspection and Safety Fair

The third annual free car seat inspection and health fair event, “Spring into Safety,” is being sponsored by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. It will be held 12:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at the SIU Center for Family Medicine parking lot, 520 N. Fourth St., corner of Carpenter and Fourth Streets, Springfield. 

“ThinkFirst,” an injury prevention program offered by SIU HealthCare in Springfield, will have safety specialists on site to provide free car seat inspections. SIU staff and medical students will provide information on the proper use of bike helmets, healthy homes, and address the issue of distracted and impaired driving. Free bike helmets will be offered to pre-K children while supplies last. 

This event is sponsored by SIU’s ThinkFirst program and Department of Family and Community Medicine; Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety; and Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. 

For more information contact Mary Kay Reed, SIU instructor of surgery and project coordinator, at 217-545-9112 weekdays.
ThinkFirst is the School of Medicine's brain and spinal cord injury prevention program. Started in 1990, the 22-year old educational program informs the public about "the business of taking risks."