Sep 28, 2013 11:00am - 2:00pm


September is Baby Safety Month. To celebrate, Exchange Club of Indian River will join with Dyer Auto, the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, and local nonprofit agencies on Saturday, September 28, from 11 am to 2 pm to host a free Baby Safety Expo at Dyer Chevrolet, 1000 US Highway 1, Vero Beach.

Members of the Indian River County Sheriff's Office will perform car seat safety checks to make sure the seats' precious cargo is riding safely. Having the car seat checked for proper installation before bringing baby home is imperative. As the baby grows into a toddler, it is wise to have the seat checked again to ensure it is still positioned securely in place. For families who need a car seat, the Indian River County Sheriff’s office has a limited number available for a donation of $25. The car seats provided by the Sheriff's Office are available on a first come, first serve basis to families in need.

Volunteers from the Sheriff's Office will also fingerprint children of all ages. Accurate fingerprints are invaluable in helping bring missing children home; police departments across the country recommend that parents keep records of their children's fingerprints along with a recent photograph and a list of identifiable features, such as moles or birthmarks, in a safe place.
The Healthy Start Coalition will share information about baby sleep safety and the programs they offer to the community's families. The American Red Cross will provide information about baby water safety and the importance of knowing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in an emergency. The Red Cross Kids Zone, interactive games that answer questions related to fire safety, hurricanes, and more, will be available. The local chapter of Treasure Coast Babywearing Group will help parents fit their infants and toddlers safely into their Ergos, ring slings, wraps, and other baby carriers.

Members of Exchange Club will grill hot dogs for lunch, free for those taking advantage of the Baby Safety Expo. As part of Project GiveAKidAFlagToWave, they will also distribute small American flags to the children attending.

Exchange Club of Indian River has provided the community with programs in youth activities, community service, prevention of child abuse, and Americanism since 1973. Exchange Club of Indian River Foundation’s fishing tournament, held each May, supports these projects. The club is also a partner in the Vero Beach Air Show to be held October 5-6 at Vero Beach Municipal Airport. Members meet for lunch at Culinary Capers each Wednesday at noon. Meetings feature programs on a wide range of business, government and civic, charity, personal, and professional topics.

For more information about this event or the club, contact club president Jenny Frederick at 772-978-9339, event chair Angela Astrup at 772-299-7449, or Exchange Club of Indian River is proud to host this Baby Safety Expo as a service to local families and is thankful for the support of Dyer Auto, the Indian River County Sheriff's office, and local nonprofit agencies for being partners in this important event.

Theresa Ross

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