Local agencies will come together Monday night to teach kids everything they could ever know about how to be safe.
The fourth annual Safety Hop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in the James W. Warren Citizens Center.
â€œOur main thing is to try to make Lincoln County not only safe to work in, but to live and play in,â€ said Mike Futrell, coordinator for the Lincoln County SAFE KIDS Coalition.
The Safety Hop will feature more than 20 informational booths set up by agencies like the Lincolnton Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Lincoln County Health Department, Lincoln Medical Center and other groups, Futrell said.
Booth volunteers will hand out materials that kids and parents can take home, look at and talk about, he said. Theyâ€™ll also be on-hand to answer any questions participants might have.
SAFE KIDS volunteers will go over child safety seat and bicycle safety.
The SAFE KIDS Coalition has been emphasizing car seat safety for the last five years, Futrell said. Out of more than 1,000 car seats checked, fewer than 50 were correctly installed.
Free car seats will be some of the door prizes given out Monday night. Others include bike helmets, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors.
Free hot dogs, pizza and drinks will be available as long as they last, Futrell said.
In addition to educational material and prizes, the Safety Hop will live up to its name and offer music and dancing to all involved.
Last year more than 150 people turned out for the event, and Futrell is hoping to surpass that number this year.Children, parents and all residents are invited to stop by the Safety Hop anytime during the two-hour event. by Alice Smith