What can I expect my child to learn at Safety Town?

This is the only time in a child’s life that he or she has the opportunity to attend a program exclusively designed to teach safety awareness. After completing the Safety Town course, each child should be familiar with the following:

  • Separation from parents
  • Childs own name, address, telephone number
  • Parent’s first and last name
  • Following instructions
  • Identifying home and surroundings
  • Meeting new friends
  • Small and large group participation
  • Meaning of pedestrian, motorist, intersection
  • Pedestrian safety: correct way to cross the street
    • Identifying and understanding the meaning of street signs (shape, color, message)
    • Importance of the crosswalk
    • Why we stop at the curb
    • Crossing with the traffic/walk light
    • Dangers of walking between parked cars
    • Pedestrian dangers: no sidewalks, rain, snow
  • Child passenger safety: seatbelts, booster seats
  • School Bus safety: Ft. Zumwalt School District will visit Safety Town
    • Danger zone, boarding, riding, exiting the bus
  • Water safety: American Red Cross curriculum
  • Poison and Hazardous substance awareness and safety
  • Bicycle safety: all students will receive a properly fitted safety helmet
  • Stranger awareness: “Good Touch-Bad Touch”

Lessons on community helpers  will include uniformed personnel and how they help people (a safe person to turn to); emergency and public safety vehicles and equipment. These are represented below:

  • Animal awareness and safety: O'Fallon Police Dept. Animal Control Officer will visit Safety Town
  • Fire safety: Field trip to O’Fallon Fire Department
    • Smoke house – an exercise in exiting a smoke-filled home
    • Stop, Drop, and Roll
    • Hazardous materials – fuel, matches
    • Firefighter’s specialized clothing and equipment 
  • Calling 9-1-1: O’Fallon Police Dept. Communications Officer will visit Safety Town
    • Learning when to call 9-1-1
    • A training phone system will permit each child to practice placing 9-1-1 calls
  • Railroad safety: Norfolk-Southern railroad police will visit Safety Town
    • Dangers of trains and railroad tracks
  • St. Charles County Ambulance District will visit Safety Town
    • This segment on community helpers will permit children to explore an emergency vehicle, see the equipment and talk with emergency personnel to help diminish fear in the event of a real emergency

The Safety Town officer will meet with parents 10 minutes before the end of each class to review lessons and answer questions.  This is your opportunity to learn what your child has experienced during the class so you may reinforce and practice at home with your child.