Capital Insurance Group® 3rd Annual CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday™ to wrap up 2015 National Fire Prevention Week on October 10, 2015



This year, National Fire Prevention Week is October 3-10, 2015. On Saturday, October 10, 2015,, CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday will provide a great event for the whole family to learn more about fire prevention. This free community event, hosted by Capital Insurance Group (CIG), will also feature many other types of safety information and activities, including Halloween safety tips and much more.

Monterey, CA (October 2015) –- Don’t miss the 3rd Annual CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday  at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center located at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey.  CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturdaywill be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the end of  2015 National Fire Prevention Week (October 3-10, 2015). This fun, free family-friendly community safety event will provide important information about fire prevention, safety tips for Halloween and every day, and many more resources and information to keep our community safer.

Learn more about fire safety during National Fire Prevention Week at CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The fire  killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.  The 2015 Fire Prevention Week theme is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep” which refers to the importance of having a smoke alarm in your bedroom. CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturdaybrings together several fire protection agencies dedicated to helping educate the public on ways to keep safe.

According to Fire Chief Gaudenz Panholzer of the Monterey Fire Department, “We are very pleased to again participate in CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday during National Fire Prevention Week. We are looking forward to sharing important fire safety strategies for all attendees. Halloween is also coming up soon and although it’s a fun family holiday, it can present some safety challenges.  Simple fire safety precautions, including making sure fabrics for costumes and decorative materials are flame-resistant, can help prevent burns.” Monterey Fire Department will provide a helpful list of Halloween safety tips for all Community Safety Saturday event attendees.

L. Arnold Chatterton, President and CEO of Capital Insurance Group, remarks, “We are very pleased to hold our 3rd Annual Community Safety Saturday event during National Fire Prevention Week this year. With the current drought conditions in California, fire protection information is more important than ever. We look forward to seeing all of the valuable safety and community service information that will be provided by non-profit organizations throughout Monterey County. Awareness is the first step in prevention. At Capital Insurance Group, we are committed to keeping children and families safe.”

CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday™ , which was developed by CIG in 2010 and has been held throughout California, Nevada, and Washington, features activities, demonstrations, and educational services designed to improve the safety and security of children, teens, families and communities. People of all ages will enjoy free games, prizes, food and a wealth of safety materials and resources from many different booths staffed by local and regional organizations.

Parents can learn more about child car seat safety and proper child car seat installation at CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday.

An important feature of Community Safety Saturday will be the complimentary child car-seat safety inspection station coordinated by California Highway Patrol with trained child car seat inspection technicians. National studies show that 80 to 90 percent of children are not properly restrained when in a vehicle, and about 90 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly. Experts will check for proper installation and give parents and caregivers critical information about installing car seats correctly for their child and particular vehicle. At Community Safety Saturday, expert technicians will check for proper installation and give parents and caregivers critical information about installing car seats correctly for their particular child and vehicle.

California Highway Patrol will also provide information and take signups for its Start Smart teen driver education classes. Start Smart classes increase traffic-safety knowledge and better prepare teens for the road ahead. The CHP will also bring information about the Impact Teen Driver program as well as talk to teens and parents about the dangers of distracted driving.

Every parent has experienced the panic of not knowing where their child is, if only for a minute. Parents should always be prepared with child I.D. information.

The KlaasKids Foundation Print-A-Thon is another important and free service that will be offered at Community Safety Saturday. The Print-A-Thon provides digital photo IDs and fingerprinting for every child. Parents receive a free DNA collection kit, child-safety tips, and a 9-point plan on what to do if their child disappears. KlaasKids is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to stop crimes against children by providing education and knowledge to the general public, and by promoting partnerships with concerned citizens, the private sector, organizations, law enforcement, and legislators. Marc Klaas, whose daughter Polly was abducted and murdered in 1993, advised, “The best way to avoid victimization is through education and knowledge.”

KlaasKids will also present child-safety technology and programs including the Cocoon for KlaasKids, a browser that utilizes the Cloud to protect privacy and provide age-appropriate websites, Polly’s Guardian Angel, a missing-child alert system for iPhone and Android, and information about the KlaasKIDS National Search Center for Missing and Trafficked Children. Klaas remarked, “KlaasKids believes that technology has advanced to the point that certain applications can and do protect children from those wishing to exploit them.”

John La Porta, Director of Sales and Marketing for CIG, remarks, "Disasters can occur anywhere, and often happen when we least expect them. At CIG, we are dedicated to help make the world a safer place by providing valuable information with our local safety-oriented public services and by bringing this important event to our community.”

Capital Insurance Group and its local CIG Insurance Advisor, Monterey Insurance, will feature the event’s main booth with additional safety information, giveaways and prize drawings. Prize drawings include exciting, family-oriented giveaways, such as a family membership to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, annual family memberships to MY (Monterey Youth) Museum, passes for kayaking and bicycling from Adventures by the Sea, four tickets to the performance of “CATS” at the Pacific Repertory Theatre and more. There will also be drawings for Halloween pumpkins from the Cardinale & Wright Pumpkin Patch at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.


Community Safety Saturday will feature the following attractions:

·         California Highway Patrol –Monterey Area will coordinate the child car-seat inspection station. They will also bring safety handouts and present information about their CHP Start Smart Driver Education classes available statewide for teens and their parents. Start Smart classes increase traffic-safety knowledge and better prepare teens for the road ahead.  Fred and Kathy Forgnone will be on hand to talk with attendees about the Start Smart program.

·         Monterey Fire Department will bring a fire engine as well as Halloween and other safety information. They will conduct a Jaws of Life Demonstration at 11:30 a.m.

·         Monterey Police Department will bring a beach UTV and safety giveaways and information.

·         Monterey County Sheriff’s Office will bring their SWAT Bearcat truck, the Bomb Squad truck along with “Boomer” the robot, a member of their K-9 Team, his Deputy Handler and his special K-9 Car. Crime Prevention will have lots of Halloween Safety information to hand out.

·         KlaasKids Foundation will conduct their Print-A-Thon, a free service providing digital photo ID & fingerprinting for every child.

·         MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) will bring information to prevent drugged and drunk driving.

·         ITN Monterey County will have information about their programs which offers dignified transportation for seniors and those who are visually impaired.

·         Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast will provide safety information.

·         California Department of Fish and Wildlife will bring information about their conservation and management programs.

·         PRS Restores will bring a craft table for kids and giveaways. They will also provide information about smoke alarm and fire prevention, including informative materials from the American Red Cross

·         CHOMP Kids Eat Right will have a nutrition trivia contest with prize giveaways.

·         U.S. Forest Service will bring informational handouts as well as patrol vehicle.

·         California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) will bring a fire engine and fire safety materials.

·         Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County will have a Wheel of Fortune Safety Game and information about their organization. 

·         Community Partnership for Youth will provide Halloween face painting and information about their program.

·         California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services will provide educational materials about how to prepare for earthquakes and tsunamis.

·         Monterey County Office of Emergency Services will bring emergency preparedness information.

·         Restorative Justice Partners will bring information about dispute resolution programs that foster empathy, accountability and restoration of fairness to victims and the community.

·         Family Service Agency of the Central Coast/Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast will have a bean-bag toss and art activity and distribute their brochures and STOP cards.

·         Community Emergency Response Volunteers (CERV) of the Monterey Peninsula will give out materials about turning off the gas/electricity and water in emergencies and simple medical responses learned in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training. They will also bring information about

·         Central Coast CERT Association will provide emergency preparation information.

·         The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary – Flotilla 64 Monterey will provide water, boating and environmental protection information. Auxtter the Sea Otter mascot will also be on hand.      

·         Rancho Cielo will bring information about their vocational programs.

·         Sun Street Centers will provide information about about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

·         Teddy Bears with Heart will have a Bean Bag Toss with prizes and a drawing for a large Teddy Bear. They will provide information about their programs to gift teddy bears to first responders and agencies that work with children in crisis, the forgotten elderly and the terminally ill.

·         California State Parks – Lifeguards will bring a personal water craft and lifeguard truck and information about aquatic safety.

·         Community Human Services - Family to Family will provide information about its work with families of children in danger of being placed in foster care.

·         American Medical Response – Monterey County Operations will bring an ambulance.

·         Radio station 101.7 The Beach will provide music and prize giveaways.

A special thank you to KION TV and KMUV TV Telemundo for their generous event sponsorship.

For more information about CIG Insurance Community Safety Saturday, please go to or call (831) 233-5500.

 About Capital Insurance Group 
Capital Insurance Group® (CIG) is the leading regional property and casualty insurer serving the Western U.S. since 1898. CIG insures Personal Auto, Homeowners, Farmowners, Condo Owners, Vacation Property, Renters, Apartment Building Owners, and many kinds of Commercial and Agricultural Auto and Property. The more-than-115-year-old company is rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best, the independent financial monitor of the insurance industry. CIG manages personal, business, and agriculture risks underwritten by its affiliate companies: California Capital Insurance Company, Eagle West Insurance Company, Nevada Capital Insurance Company, and Monterey Insurance Company. Types of policies may vary from state to state. For more information, please visit

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About the KlaasKids Foundation

The KlaasKids Foundation was established by Marc Klaas in 1994 to give meaning to the death of his twelve-year-old daughter, kidnap and murder victim Polly Hannah Klaas, and to create a legacy in her name that would be protective of children for generations to come. The foundation’s mission is to stop crimes against children by providing education and knowledge to the general public and promoting partnerships with concerned citizens, the private sector, organizations, law enforcement and legislators.