ALBANY -- The annual Safety Palooza, an open house hosted by the Albany Police Department, is 1 to 4 p.m. July 27 in the parking lot at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave.
Attendees will be able to try out safety gear and climb into APD vehicles. A rock climbing wall will be set up and young people and maybe the young-at-heart can get their faces painted.
Many of the demonstrations will have a safety theme, according to department Community Engagement Specialist Karina Tindol. The California Highway Patrol will bring a "rollover" trailer, which is a Jeep set up to spin around that has two safety dummies inside -- one wearing a seat belt, the other not.
"A lot of people think about air bags and other safety features and think that seat belts don't matter as much, but they're still really important," Tindol said. "They're designed to keep you in the safest place possible in a vehicle accident."
We asked if people can ride in the Jeep and got a negative response.
"It's not an interactive thing," Tindol said, laughing.
The Safe Kids Alameda County project will have an exhibit called Spot the Tot.
"We'll have a vehicle and a rug stretched behind it and people are encouraged to see when they can spot the child behind the car," Tindol said.
Another exhibit is for concussion awareness.
"We're going to simulate concussions with impaired goggles and then give you simple everyday tasks," Tindol said. "It's focusing how your balance and depth perception and even doing simple tasks with a minor brain injury can affect your ability to do it well."
Bike helmets will be given away as well.
A free raffle will be held with prizes including a bowling party at Albany Bowl. People can also try on the department's tactical gear, including vests, helmets, duty belts and shields.
Tindol said attendees should walk, bike or take public transit to the Safety Palooza, as the parking lot will be full of exhibits.