By Bethany Bray
---- — SALEM — The city’s annual Public Safety Day will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 50 Grove St.
Youngsters will be able to explore a variety of public safety vehicles at the family-friendly event, including a Salem fire engine, police vehicles, an ambulance, a harbormaster boat and trucks from the Department of Public Services.
Saturday’s events will take place rain or shine. There will be face painting, coloring and crafts for children, and food for purchase throughout the day.
Children are encouraged to bring their bicycles to try an obstacle course. The Salem Police Department will also host a bicycle safety demonstration and pass out free bike helmets to youngsters.
Police canine demonstrations — by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the city’s new police canines — will be held at 10:30, 11, 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
McGruff the Crime Dog will make an appearance for photos with youngsters.
The Salem Fire Department will have a fire safety “smoke house,” designed to give participants a hands-on education about on how to escape a building that is on fire and the importance of smoke alarms, a house evacuation plan and other fire safety strategies.
Call 978-619-5600 for more information.