April 28, 2010 10:16 ET

Important safety lessons could save students' lives

Road, Rail and Community Safety Day marks 13th year at Downsview Park

Attention: Assignment Editor, Education Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - April 28, 2010) - Getting students interested in safety is key to promoting safe behaviours around roads, railways and in the community. By creating an interactive safety village, the Toronto Area Safety Coalition (TASC) has come up with a way to ensure that the safety message is clear, but also fun and engaging.

TASC has partnered with Parc Downsview Park Inc. (PDP) for it's annual Road, Rail and Community Safety Day to remind youth about the importance of road, rail, water and playground safety. More than 550 grade 3 and 4 students will attend today's event at Downsview Park in Toronto from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be 11 interactive displays which the students will rotate through. Road and rail safety ties into the grade 3 and 4 provincial curriculum and this event is an excellent way to transfer their theory into practice.

Media are asked to go to the Registration Desk where the school check-in is also taking place. Representatives from TASC and PDP will kick off the event with opening remarks at 9:45 a.m.
The day includes a close-up look at intersection and pedestrian safety, a mock rescue demonstration by Toronto Emergency Medical Services, a presentation by Public Health and the Toronto Cycling Committee about the importance of wearing proper head and body gear protection.

Children will also explore a TTC and GO Transit bus and listen to a bus safety presentation. A fire truck, an ambulance, and a police car will also be on display.
One of the favourite exhibits each year is GO's miniature safety village, which includes a model train set designed to teach rail safety lessons in a fun and interactive way. Children are challenged to look for dangerous situations in the tiny village. As well three new stations this year will include home safety, playground safety and water safety.

PDP is partnering with TASC to bring the safety messages to young people. TASC coalition members include Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, GO Transit, Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto Emergency Medical Services, Toronto Police Service, Toronto Fire Service, Toronto Sports Council, Health Canada, Ministry of Transportation, Toronto Transportation Services, various public health departments, and more.

Toronto Mayor David Miller has proclaimed April 26th to June 2nd Injury Prevention Week. The Toronto Area Safety Coalition is proud to support Injury Prevention Week with Road, Rail and Communcity Safety Day.

Media inquiries - Laura Bristow, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 416-480-4040



Contact Information

  • Laura Bristow, Communications Advisor, Communications & Stakeholder Relations
    Primary Phone: 416-480-4040