Cartoon by Burrillville artist covers outdoor safety, aims to keep kids out of busy hospitals

BURRILLVILLE – A new coloring cartoon by Burrillville-based artist and safety advocate Jim Weicherding reminds kids – who he notes are more likely than ever to be eager to get outside – how to stay safe while enjoying wheeled sports.
And he notes that with medical personal focused on fighting the COVID 19 pandemic, the message is more important than ever.
Weicherding pointed that despite stay-at-home orders, bike paths are still open across the state.
“We still need to remind kids about the importance of following wheeled sports safety rules and to always wear helmets,” he said. 
“It might seem like this is not very important right now and not on top of anybody’s priority list, but it really is more important now than ever before,” Weicherding said. “Hospitals, family clinics and first responders do not need any added burden to what they are doing right now to try and save lives and prevent the spread of the virus across this state and nationwide.”
Further, he added, “Kids are stuck in their homes most of the time and these will help them pass the time.”
Weicherding created the Spring, Summer and Fall “Seasons Of Safety” cartoons at the request of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and 4-Safety Organization as handouts for their events across the state and in neighboring Massachusetts. 
Readers are invited to print the series for an activity at home. 
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