The National SAFE KIDS Campaign was developed in 1988 to reach children, parents, and caregivers to reduce unintentional childhood injury. The Campaign was initiated by the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., with major support from Johnson & Johnson and is the first and only nationwide childhood injury prevention program.
The National SAFE KIDS Campaign is made up of state and local SAFE KIDS Coalitions that share a common goal--to create safer homes and communities for children. As a result of this, Loma Linda University Children's Hospital has initiated the Loma Linda SAFE KIDS Coalition.
Safety topics for safer kids
|Bike safety||Pedestrian safety||Passenger safety||Fire safety||Water safety|
|Scald prevention||Falls prevention||Gun safety||Poison prevention||How to call for help|
- Children ages 6 to 12 are at the greatest risk for bike accidents. Injury to the head is the most serious result.
- Children ages 5 to 9 are at highest risk of being hit by a car. Why? They dart out into traffic.
- In a crash at 30 miles per hour, an unbelted child would hit the dashboard with as much force as a fall from a three-story building.
- Children under 4 are at especially high risk for drowning. It takes only an inch of water and a few moments for a child to drown. It could happen in a bathtub, kiddie pool, toilet bowl, bucket, or fishpond.
- Kids under age 5 are at greatest risk when fire strikes. They may panic and hide in closets or under beds. Young children also need special help to escape.
- Some children are needlessly burned because they believe clothes protect them from flames.
- For children ages 3 to 8, curiosity about matches and lighters is normal. Unfortunately, more than one-third of the burns to these children are the result of playing with matches.
- Toddlers are at greatest risk of scalds as they begin to walk, climb, and reach.
- Children under 5 are the most frequent victims of poisonings. Infants and toddlers are at highest risk.
- Drinking mouthwash can cause a young child to fall into an alcohol coma.
- Choking is the fourth leading cause of accidental death in young children, especially those under the age of 3.
Information to further your safety...
KIDS AND FRIENDS TOGETHER, a program for 6 to 13-year-olds, is hosted by the Children's Hospital pediatric trauma services. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Children's Hospital Clubhouse, room 1830. Get involved and learn how to keep safe and perform community outreach. For more information contact (909) 558-4704.
Helmet and car seat distribution
Helmets are available for $10.00 (through the Head Smart Bicycle Helmet Program). Car seats are also available at a reduced rate. For more information call pediatric trauma services SAFE KIDS Coalition at (909) 558-4704.
For more information
For more safety information, contact the pediatric trauma service and Loma Linda SAFE KIDS Coalition by calling (909) 558-4704.