LONDONDERRY -- The seventh annual Londonderry Family Safety Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Moose Hill School on Pillsbury Road.

Activities planned included fire and police vehicles on display, the Wal-Mart "Watch for Blind Spots" tractor-trailer, "Vince and Larry" the crash dummies, participation in the Child Identification Program, car seat inspections and the smoke house trailer.

"Last year we checked 42 car seats," said Vinny Curro, the Londonderry call firefighter and child passenger safety technician who helps organize the event each year.

"Only 11 seats were being used properly.We are targeting booster seat use this year," Curro said. "Children under 4 feet, 9 inches and weighing less that 80 pounds should be using one."

Curro said they probably would have checked more seats last year, but it was a rainy day and not many people wanted to do the outdoor inspections.

"But the CHIP program had 133 participants, which was great," Curro said.

CHIP, the Child Identification Program, offers 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.

The Londonderry Child Passenger Safety Program plans this event in conjunction with the Moose Hill PTA, Londonderry Fire Rescue, Londonderry Police Department, New Hampshire Freemasons and other local agencies.

Car seat safety checks are from noon to 3 p.m.

Face painting, games by the YMCA of Greater Londonderry, medical screenings by Parkland Medical Center and the Elliot Medical Center of Londonderry will also be offered for families.



If You Go

What: Family Safety Day

When: Saturday, Sept. 22, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Moose Hill School, 150 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry

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