Albany first responders host summer safety event

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Firefighters, police officers and first responders hosted a summer safety event on Wednesday.

Fun is the name of the game during summer but so is safety. On Wednesday, local first responders wanted to spread that message to local children.

The event was held at the Mohawk Ambulance Service.  It included face painting, snow cones, touring fire trucks and meeting firefighters and police officers.

First responders hoped to develop good habits early.

“People ride their bike around the corner to the store all the time, and they don’t think about putting the helmet on,” Mohawk Ambulance Regional Manager Michael Russo said.

Russo said it’s important to remind people of safety every summer season.

“People become complacent with things they are so used to seeing and doing all the time,” he said.

Officials also conducted seat belt checks at the event.

“For a car seat to be installed correctly, it should move no more than one inch from side to side or front to back when it’s shaken at the seat belt path,” Albany County Dept. of Public Works traffic instructor Bill VanAlstyne said.

Van Alstyne said at the last event, he checked 109 car seats, and 103 were wrong.

The Albany Police Department also made safety IDs for children that included their picture and fingerprints in case they are ever lost.

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