Replica home takes students on ‘Great Saety Adventure’
Published 12:00 am Monday, October 6, 2003
“Code Red Rover grownup come over,” shouted Collins Lane Elementary students as they took part Friday in the traveling exhibit, “The Great Safety Adventure.”
The exhibit, from North Carolina, educates children on home safety and was created by the Home Safety Council, Mike Crim, safety ranger and manager of the tour, said.
“The council’s goal is to create safer American homes,” he said.
All of the grades at Collins Lane Elementary participated in the event.
Crim has been with the traveling exhibit for two years; the exhibit itself has been in existence for five years, he said.
“We have been on the road for 10 1/2 months,” he said. “We travel everywhere east of the Mississippi and we have seen well over 100,000 kids this year.”
The exhibit creates a replica home expanding over two semi-tractor trailers. The mock home showcases a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. The home belongs to Rover the safety hound, which is the mascot of the exhibit. The children learn about home safety through Rover.
“Annually there are 20 million injuries in the home each year that are preventable injuries,” Crim said. “And there are 20,000 deaths that result each year from those injuries.”
He said the exhibit focuses on four risk areas: rire and burn hazards, poison hazards, falling hazards and choking hazards.