LONDONDERRY — The 10th annual Family Safety Day is planned for Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Matthew Thornton Elementary School.
The event is a collaborative effort of the Londonderry fire and police departments and the New Hampshire Child Passenger Safety Program.
"At least 90 percent of all children's car seats are improperly installed," said Vinnie Curro, a Londonderry call firefighter and child passenger safety technician who helps organize the event each year. "If a child is under 4 feet 9 inches and under 80 pounds, they should be riding in a child restraint."
Car seat safety checks will be offered from noon to 3 p.m.
Activities planned included fire and police vehicles on display, the Wal-Mart "Watch for Blind Spots" tractor-trailer, participation in the Child Identification Program, the smoke house trailer and more. There will be refreshments for sale for various fundraisers.
CHIP, the Child Identification Program, will offer free videotaping, fingerprinting and tooth print impressions. Teeth, like fingerprints, are unique. The tooth print also provides a DNA sample and child's scent, which can provide additional means of identification. All materials are given to the parents for safekeeping. No copies are kept on file.
St. Joseph's Hospital of Nashua and Elliot Pediatrics will be on hand to offer safety and health information for children.
This year's Family Safety Day is dedicated to Yvie Livernois, who was a big supporter of the event. Yvie died in July at the age of 10.
If You Go
What: 10th annual Family Safety Day
When: Saturday, Sept. 25, noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine
Where: Matthew Thornton Elementary School, 275 Mammoth Road, Londonderry