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May 3, 2011

SIU Med School Offers Free Car Seat Inspection and Safety Fair

The second 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 11, at the Center for Family Medicine parking lot, 520 N. Fourth St.,  corner of Carpenter and Fourth streets, Springfield. 

ThinkFirst, an injury prevention program offered by the medical school, 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, heat, sun and water safety.  Free bike helmets will be offered to pre-K children while supplies last. 

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

For more information contact Mary Kay Reed, instructor of surgery at SIU 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 20-year old educational program educates the public about "the business of taking risks."