FREEPORT (WIFR) -- The importance of public safety will be featured in HomeStart's upcoming Community Idea Fair. The primary goal of this event is to provide participants with practical ideas and new skills that can be used to improve home, neighborhood, and personal safety. The event will feature informative and interactive booths that will be staffed by local experts on various topics, including neighborhood property conditions and home safety. The event is free and open to the public. The Community Idea Fair will be held at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau at 210 W Spring St in Freeport on March 30th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
One of the highlights of the event will be an opportunity for participants to create their own free home emergency kit. The local chapter of the American Red Cross will supply all of the items for the kits that are valued at $50. Members of the Freeport Fire Department will also be offering free smoke detectors. They will also provide volunteers to help people install the smoke detectors for those who may need assistance.
A special presentation will be given by Freeport Police Sergeant Craig Wainman and Rockford's Neighborhood Network Director, Cyndie Hall who will conduct an informative session Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), which will give participants some practical strategies that can be used to make homes and yards safer.
Lunch will be provided during the presentation and door prizes will be presented throughout the event. Advance registration is appreciated for the home emergency kits and for the complimentary lunch.
This event is an initiative of Prospering Together and is also a project of the VISTA Community Engagement Project that was funded in part by the Freeport Community Foundation.
For more information, call 815-232-6197.