LAYTON — Layton's Ellison Park will host a BMX stunt show Saturday designed to teach children about the importance of helmets and bike safety.

The show is part of the annual Safe Kids Fest, designed to help families prevent injuries because accidental injuries are the largest cause of death for children, said Jeri Boren, Safe Kids co-coordinator.

Accidental injuries are responsible for 45 percent of children's deaths, she said, followed by cancer at 24 percent, birth defects at 17 percent, homicide at 8 percent and heart disease at 6 percent.

Of the accidental injuries, motor vehicle accidents account for 34 percent of deaths, drownings account for 29 percent, pedestrian accidents for 17 percent and suffocation, falls and other causes for 6 percent each.

According to a national report released by Safe Kids USA, the accidental injury rate for children 14 and under has declined by 45 percent since 1987, when the organization was formed.

"We're losing too many children to an epidemic that can be prevented," Davis County Health Department director Lewis Garrett said in a news release.

This year's theme for the Safe Kids Fest is "Gear Up For Safety," and bike helmets will be given away to the first 250 youths to attend the Safe Kids Fest, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ellison Park, located at 700 N. 2200 West in Layton.

Stunt bike riders from 5050 BMX will perform three times during the festival — at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. K-9 demonstrations will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Life Flight, Utah Highway Patrol and KUTV 2 News helicopters will land at 10 a.m. and take off at 2 p.m.

Interactive booths will also be available to teach families about safety around guns, all-terrain vehicles and other situations. Other events include Celtic dancers, Radio Disney performers, Utah Jazz dancers and prize giveaways.

Boren said 1,500 people have attended the Safe Kids Fest in the past.


If you go . . .

What: 8th annual Safe Kids Fest

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Ellison Park, 700 N. 2200 West, Layton

Events: BMX stunt shows, K-9 demonstrations, helmet giveaway


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