Safe Kids Washoe County
We believe that children should grow up safe, healthy and injury free. Our programs focus on injury prevention for children aged 0-14. Accidental injury is the number one cause of death among children ages 14 and under in the United States, and annually, one out of every four children needs medical attention for accidental injury. Safe Kids creates programs that reduce injuries through educating adults and children, creating safe environments, conducting research and advocating for effective laws.
- Each year approximately 7,200 U.S. children are killed and at least 50,000 are permanently disabled by preventable injuries. These injuries cost society $165 billion annually.
- This year, one in four (approximately 13 million) children 14 and under will be hurt seriously enough to require medical attention.
- Education and prevention are the keys to reducing these numbers.
Safe Kids Networks
Safe Kids, the first national non-profit organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury, was launched in 1988 to address what was then a little recognized problem: More children under age 14 were dying from what people call “accidents” (motor vehicle crashes, fires and other injuries) than from any other cause.
The Safe Kids Washoe County Coalition was established in 2000 as part of a growing nationwide effort to find ways to reduce unintentional injuries.
As part of Safe Kids USA, Safe Kids Washoe County brings together people and organizations interested in the well-being of children.
Goals of Safe Kids Washoe County Coalition
- To address the most prevalent childhood injuries in Washoe County through target programs.
- To establish uniform injury data collection methods.
- To increase public awareness of ways to prevent childhood injuries.
- To support collaborative efforts to community agencies in their effort to prevent childhood injury.
Safe Kids’ Focus
Through community action, public awareness and education, technology, and public policy initiatives, state and local coalitions are creating safer homes and communities for children. Injury problems specific to their areas are targeted. Whether it’s bicycle and helmet safety, the use of child restraints in vehicles, or building safer playgrounds, coalitions are closing the injury prevention gap in communities.
The mission of the Safe Kids Campaign is clear – to prevent deaths and injuries to children ages 14 and under from:
- Motor vehicle crashes and pedestrian injuries
- Poisoning and choking
- Bike crashes
- Fire and scald burns
- Unintentional shootings