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Parents, kids learn protection hints

Dan BurkhartBrittany Tipton, 6, has her fingerprints taken by Nevada County Sheriff's Deputy Bob Davenport during Child Safety Day at the Imaginarium Saturday.
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Saturday, 140 children and their parents became a little safer

The Gold Country Kiwanis Club and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Explorers fingerprinted children and instructed parents on ways to keep their kids safe at Child Safety Day at Nevada City’s Imaginarium.

Children and their parents were also given tips on saving locks of hair for possible DNA sampling, pointers on taking photographs for identification, and an update on child-safety laws that took effect Jan. 1.

“This is very important,” said Hal Barber, president-elect of the Gold Country Kiwanis Club. “If we can save one child, that makes all the difference in the world.”

The children were also treated to an appearance by McGruff, the larger-than-life pooch who urges people to “help take a bite out of crime.”

Parents were encouraged to keep recent instant photos of their children on hand, as well as a lock of hair, kept preferably in a safe-deposit box, for identification purposes. Children’s fingerprint sets were turned over to their parents for safekeeping.

Parents were also informed of the vehicle child-safety law, which mandates children under 6 years old or less than 60 pounds must be placed in a booster seat or face potential fines.

Information on Healthy Families, the state’s low-cost insurance for dependent children and their parents, was also disseminated.

Members of the Kiwanis organization said they hoped to make Saturday’s Child Safety Day an annual event.

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