“This is our first task as a society: keeping our children safe.”
̶ President Obama
Record Numbers Celebrate International Walk to School Day
From all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, 4,447 schools registered Walk to School Day events in October, setting a new Walk to School Day record. In California alone there were 533
Walk To School Day events, many conducted with the help of Safe Kids coalitions. It was another great year of pedestrian safety clinics and participation from local police and fire departments and FedEx volunteers. Parents and kids took advantage of the opportunity to spend time together while getting some fresh air and stretching their legs. Children arrived at school with their bodies and brains ready for
Babies and young kids can sometimes sleep so peacefully that we forget they are even there. It can also be tempting to leave a baby alone in a car while we quickly run into the store. The problem is that leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or heatstroke – and it happens FAST! Young children’s bodies heat up three to five times faster than adults. There have already been 42 heatstroke deaths in the U.S. in 2013. These tragedies are totally preventable. More…
Whether in a backyard swimming pool, at a community center, or in the ocean, always actively watch your child in and around water – keep your child safe in and around water. Read our tips!
In 2011, more than 67,000 kids were treated in an emergency room for medicine poisoning. That’s one child every 8 minutes.
Medications are the leading cause of child poisoning today. Consider this: among young children, 95% of unintentional medication overdose visits to emergency departments are caused by a child ingesting medication while unsupervised. Learn more about how it happens and what you can do to prevent it. Learn More: Safe Storage, Safe Dosing, Safe Kids 2013
Skinned knees, bruised shins, and scraped elbows happen. But we work hard every day to protect children from disabling injuries that don’t have to happen.
Preventable injury is the #1 killer of children in the U.S. This is a problem we can solve.
Since 2008 Safe Kids California (SKC) has been leading the drive to keep children safe from accidental injuries caused by traffic crashes, drowning, burns, falls, and poisoning. Law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, health professionals, educators, business owners, public policy makers, and parents volunteer their time and energy to keep kids safe.
Safe Kids California prevents injuries by:
- Educating about child risks and demonstrating proper use of safety devices
- Providing children and families with lifesaving interventions – car seats, booster seats, helmets, life vests, carbon monoxide monitors, and smoke alarms
- Developing safe routes to school and teaching children to walk and ride bicycles safely
- Educating pre-drivers and teens about the dangers of distracted driving and walking
- Demonstrating how fast vehicles heat up and promoting the most important message: “Never leave your child alone in a car”
- Teaching parents how to be safe in the kitchen, how to keep medicines and other dangerous materials out of reach, and to keep their toddlers from falling down stairs and out of windows
- Demonstrating proper use of helmets, booster seats and car seats
To support and expand the work of 18 California chapters and coalitions across the state, Safe Kids California provides opportunities for education, training, fundraising, and networking. We build partnerships and work with media. We meet with legislators and policy makers to advocate at the state Capitol for safety laws that make sense and save lives. We speak for the thousands of children who have already died from preventable injuries.
You can help us prevent unintentional childhood injuries now by joining a coalition or donating to Safe Kids California. Be aware. Be a good example. Be safe.
Safe Kids California is one of 49 state coalitions affiliated with Safe Kids Worldwide, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of childhood injuries for children 0-14.