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YMCA of Greater Bergen County Hosts First Safety Day on June 2 to Promote Community and Safety Skills

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Hackensack-area residents are invited to the YMCA of Greater Bergen County’s first annual Safety Day on Saturday, June 2 to meet the professionals and volunteers who promote safety in the community and to learn vital safety skills.

The free event will be held 2-4 p.m. at the YMCA, 360 Main Street in Hackensack. Attendees can see demonstrations of “stop, drop and roll” by the Hackensack Fire Department, pool rescues by a search-and-rescue team, CPR by YMCA lifeguard instructors, and predator protection techniques by state Division of Child Protection and Permanency representatives. Police will talk about safety and a nurse will do blood pressure and pulse readings.

With summer around the corner, YMCA swim instructors will discuss drowning prevention and introduce residents to Safety Around Water Week, a free YMCA program, June 25-29, that will teach life-saving skills to children and adults with little or no swimming experience. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children 1 to 4 years old and is the second leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14 years old.

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“Safety Day will bring residents together to meet the community’s safety officers and to learn important skills to help stay safe,” YMCA of Greater Bergen County Aquatic Director Danielle Abreu said. “The YMCA is a hub of the community, committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, and this event embodies all three of those pillars.”

For more information about Safety Day, email Danielle Abreu at dabreu@metroymcas.org or call the YMCA at 201-487-6600. To register for Safety Around Swimming Week, call 201-487-6600 or visit www.metroymcas.org/bergen-county-ymca/safet-around-water/.

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