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Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition

Safe Kids Worldwide

The Safe Kids Worldwide is the first and only national non-profit organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury - the number one killer of children ages 14 and under. More than 450 coalitions in 15 countries bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. The organization was founded in 1987 by Children's National Medical Center with support from Johnson & Johnson. Safe Kids Worldwide is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Washington, D.C. The heart of the Safe Kids Worldwide Campaign's unique approach to injury prevention is the network of grassroots coalitions. The knowledge, energy and commitment of coalition members are valued assets; the campaign's tremendous success in preventing childhood unintentional injury would not be possible without them.

Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition

In September 2002, Seminole County Board of County Commissioners signed an agreement with SAFE KIDS Worldwide. This agreement helped to form Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition. Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition is part of the Safe Kids Worldwide, whose goal is preventing unintentional childhood injuries. In our first year, fiscal year 2002/2003, the Coalition reached over 2,000 children. Currently Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition is led by Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and is comprised of public, private, voluntary organizations, as well as individuals.

Our Mission

To provide education, programs, and awareness about preventable injuries in an effort to keep our community’s children safe from injury. Protect all kids from preventable injuries.

What do we do?

Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition is comprised of over 25 Seminole County agencies, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office provides the coalition with a part time Safe Kids Coordinator, office space and operating budget. Safe Kids Seminole County is under the Safe Schools Division. The Coalition meets monthly from 1:30 – 3:00 pm, on the third Wednesday of every month at the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Community Room,100 Eslinger Way, Sanford, Florida 32773. Community Room.

Introduction to Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition.

Local business partners are critical in getting the educational message out to our community. Through safety events and educational programs, these businesses help us educate and prevent injuries and death to children in our community.

Becoming A Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition Member

If you have an interest in helping to prevent unintentional childhood injuries and death, then you have what it takes to become a member of SAFE KIDS Seminole County. If you would like to affiliate with Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition, please complete the Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition Membership form and return it to Nancy Norman. For additional information you may call Nancy Norman, Safe Kids Coordinator at 407-665-2604 or 407-212-2378.

Safety Focus on Risk Areas

Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition is continuing to expand our programs to help prevent childhood injuries. These focus areas have ongoing events throughout the year, Child Passenger Safety, Bicycle Safety and Pedestrian Safety Home and Fire Safety and Safe Sleep. Some of our programs are seasonal such as Water Safety, Natural Disaster Safety, Holiday Safety. Each month there is a specific area that we focus on in addition to our ongoing events. See the Calendar at the end of this page. The first Saturday in May, we bring all of our focus areas together for our annual Safe Kids Day a free event for parents and kids at the Seminole Towne Center mall in Sanford. Learn more about Safe Kids Day Worldwide.

Our focus on risk areas include:

To request a speaker for any of the above risk areas please complete and submit Safe Kids Speaker Request Form

Child Passenger Safety

SAFE KIDS Seminole County urges families to buckle up the entire family when traveling. Buckling up is still the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries from motor vehicle crashes on America’s roadways. Chances are that someone that you know will be involved in a car crash this year. If they are unbuckled, they’re 50 percent more likely to be injured or killed. Unfortunately, many of those who die will be children; since motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for children in America.

Adults who buckle up send a positive message to their children. In fact, research shows that when parents are buckled, children are buckled 94% of the time. We find when a driver is unbuckled; children riding in the same vehicle are unbuckled. In a 30 mile-per-hour crash, a child riding unrestrained is hit with a force equivalent to falling from a third story window.

Community child safety seat check-up events held throughout Florida indicate that 96% of the child safety seats inspected were installed incorrectly. SAFE KIDS Seminole County has a long history of trying to combat these staggering statistics. Each week the Coalition supports a checkup event or fitting station in Seminole County.

Car Seat Inspection Stations

Bring your car seat for a FREE safety fitting and let certified Car Seat Technicians help you ensure your child’s seat is safely and correctly installed. Parents must bring their car seats, and should also bring their car seat manual and automobile manual. Many parents are unaware that they should refer to the child safety seat and vehicle manufacturer’s instructions for guidance on the proper installation. Proper installation takes a combination of selecting the correct child safety seat for the child and securing the seat to the vehicles.

Car Seat fittings are only available at specific locations throughout the county. Firefighters at most Fire Departments are not certified Car Seat Technicians. Appointments are necessary, click on the Car Seat Inspection Stations link for our locations to make an appointment. This program is offered through Safe Kids, Seminole County Coalition members.

We do not have any free car seats. We do have a two-hour educational car seat class teaching parents about child passenger safety and how to install a car seat. At the end of the class the parent will receive a reduced rate car seat for $40. This program is for Seminole County residents that qualify using this form FDOT 100% Poverty-Level Certification. Complete this form and contact one of our Child Passenger Safety Technician Educators, Car Seat Education Program

Car Seat Resources
The Ultimate Car Seat Guide
Safe Kids Car Seat Tips
Safe Kids Driveway Safety Tips
Safe Kids Booster Seat Safety Tips
NHTSA Car Seats and Booster Seats
NHTSA Auto and Car Set Recalls
Cell phone app: Safer Car

Heatstroke: Children in Vehicles

Heatstroke Deaths of Children in Vehicles, as of August 3, 2018, 733 children have died due to pediatric vehicular heatstroke since 1998. All of these deaths could have been prevented.

  • Average number of U.S. child heatstroke fatalities per year since 1998: 37
  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths in 2018 as of August 3, 2018: 30, 2 in Florida, 0 in Seminole County
  • Total number of U.S. pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths in 2017: 43, 5 in Florida, 0 in Seminole County
An examination of media reports about the 700 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths for a 19-year period (1998 through 2017) shows the following circumstances:
  • 54% - child "forgotten" by caregiver (400 Children)
  • 27% - child playing in unattended vehicle (201)
  • 18% - child intentionally left in vehicle by adult (137)
  • 1% - circumstances unknown (5)

Florida Statute Chapter 316.6135 Florida Law concerning leaving children alone in a car
(1) A parent, legal guardian, or other person responsible for a child younger than 6 years of age may not leave such child unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle:
(a) For a period in excess of 15 minutes;
(b) For any period of time if the motor of the vehicle is running or the health of the child is in danger.

No Heat Stroke demographics
Demographics of Persons Responsible for Heatstroke Deaths of Children Forgotten in Vehicles
Safe Kids Worldwide Heatstroke
Heatstroke Prevention Tips
Safe Kids Worldwide Heatstroke Act Now
Kids and Cars
ABC News How 4 technologies designed to prevent hot car deaths work
Never Leave Your Child Alone in a car
Video: Father shares how he lost his daughter to heatstroke
Video: Seminole County Deputy saves kids locked in a car
Video: Orange County Rescue of child who locked himself in car
ABC News How 4 technologies designed to prevent hot car deaths work

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Crossing Guard Program, Is the lead Coalition agency for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety, JoJo Sturm, Crossing Guard Supervisor. For events complete the Safe Kids Speaker Request Form.

Bike Rodeo Program
Head Gear Hero program
Bike to School Day – FedEx is our national sponsor for this event
Carl the Safety Bear Pedestrian Safety Program
International Walk to School Day – FedEx is our national sponsor for this event
Safety Zone Campaigns – In conjunction with Farmers Insurance

Each year, over 200 children ages 14 and under died in bicycle-related crashes. An estimated 140,000 children are treated each year in emergency rooms for head injuries sustained while bicycling. Bicycle helmets have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of head and brain injury. In fact, it is estimated that as many as seven out of every eight bicycle related fatalities among children could have been prevented with a bicycle helmet. Although bike fatalities have decreased 92% over the last decade for children under age 15, fatality rates for adult cyclist have increased due to the growing popularity of cycling as a sport and adults that do not feel they need to wear helmets during the recreational family rides.

Seminole County’s Safe Kids Coalition believes in providing proper bicycle and pedestrian safety information to youth and adults in our community. Through printed materials, educational courses in schools, and “Bike-Rodeos”, team members provide instruction and hands-on demonstrations. Below are a few safety tips that you can use.

In Florida, it is the law for all youth under 16 to wear a bike helmet. Florida Statutes/2012/316.2065 - Bicycle Regulations As an adult, you should set a good example by always wearing a helmet yourself. A helmet should be worn every time you ride a bike, scooter, skateboard or in-line skate. It is also important to wear the appropriate helmet when skiing or snowboarding. Use the following guidelines for purchasing and correctly wearing a helmet:

The helmet should fit comfortably and not be able to move when you jerk your head from side to side.

It should sit parallel to the ground, not tilted back, with about an inch (two fingers) between your eyebrows and the lower edge of the helmet.

Make sure the helmet straps are always buckled. The straps should fit snugly, but not too tightly. The sliding clasp on each side of the head should be situated just below the ears. You should be able to put a finger under the closed strap against your neck.

Getting the fit "just right" is a matter of trial and error, using the pads provided by the manufacturer and the strap adjustments. Try several helmets in the store; not all helmet styles will fit all heads equally well.

Interested in hosting a Bike Rodeo? Click here for more information on how to get a bike rodeo supply kit.

Safe Kids Bike Safety Tips English
Safe Kids Bike Safety Tips Spanish
Safe Kids Does you helmet fit properly? Take the Fit Test English
Safe Kids Does your helmet fit properly? Take the Fit Test Spanish
Video: Bike Helmet Fit Test
Safe Kids Pedestrian Safety Tips English
Safe Kids Pedestrian Safety Tips Spanish
Distracted pedestrians
Video: Distracted pedestrians - How to cross safely

Water Safety

Drowning is a quick and silent killer. There is no screaming, no shouting for help, sometimes not even a big splash. In the time it takes to:

  • Walk across the room for a towel (10 seconds), a child in the bathtub can become submerged.
  • Answer the phone (2 minutes), that child can lose consciousness.
  • Sign for a package at your front door (4 to 6 minutes), a child submerged in the bathtub or pool can sustain permanent brain damage.

In 2013, Florida had the highest unintentional drowning rate in the nation for the 1 to 4 year old age group and the second highest drowning rate in the nation for the 1 to 14 year old age group. Drowning takes the lives of nearly 1,000 children each year. For every child who drowns, four more are hospitalized for near-drowning; for every hospital admission, approximately four children are treated in hospital emergency rooms. Seminole County recorded 2 drownings in 2016 and 2 drownings in 2017.

Water Safety Tips
Safe Kids Water Safety Tips English
Safe Kids Water Safety Tips Spanish
Safe Kids Pool Safety High 5 Checklist
Water Safety Info Graphics Spanish
Pool Safety Facts
Pool and Spa Safety
Safe Kids Open Water Safety
Safe Kids Boating Safety Tips
Video: Water Safety in Seconds
Video: Florida Mom shares 6 month old Water Safety Lessons
Video: Water Safety for Families with Children with Special Needs
Video: Safe Kids How to Fit a Life Jacket

CPR & AED

Seminole County Fire Department is the lead Coalition agency for CPR and AED. Seminole County Fire Department offers Hands Only CPR to Seminole County Public Schools and Adult CPR with AED classes.

Hands-Only CPR has just two easy steps: If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, (1) Call 9-1-1; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin' Alive.” During CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute.

Hands Only CPR Fact Sheet American Heart Association
Safe a Life Seminole - CPR
Hands Only CPR with AED Classes
Friends and Family CPR with AED Classes
SCFD Community Relations Request Form

Fire Prevention Safety

In addition to the Seminole County Fire Department we currently have one other Seminole County Fire Department, Lake Mary Fire Department Coalition member. Local Fire Departments will also have a Fire Prevention Program.

Below is a list of programs that Lake Mary Fire Department offer to their residents and business community. You can click on each item to see the description of that program. If you would like additional information or would like to schedule an event, please complete and submit their Public Interest Form.

General Fire Safety
Fire Extinguisher Training
Work Place Fire Safety
Fire Drills
Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness
Falls Prevention for Seniors
Weather Radio Programming
Child Safety Seat Checks and Installs
Station Tours
Water Safety
Birthday Party Visits
Seminole County Fire Department also has a Fire Prevention Program. Seminole County Fire Department is pleased to provide our community with several types of Public Education Activities. To request a visit by Seminole County Fire Department, please visit our online Community Outreach Request Form.

Home Safety

Every day, children die or end up in the emergency room from the kinds of injuries that commonly happen in homes, such as fires, falls, drowning, suffocation and poisoning. Safe Kids Worldwide has created the following materials, tools and resources to help you keep safe at home.

Tip Sheet – Home Safety
Checklist – Keeping Kids Safe, Room by Room
Infographic – Home Safety 2015 (JPG)
Liquid Laundry Packet Safety Tips Tip Card
Home Fire Drill Day – Fire Safety Checklist
Home Fire Drill Day – Home Escape Plan Magnet Art
Tip Sheet: Burn and Scald Prevention (PDF)
Tip Sheet: Fire Safety (PDF)
Tips on Website: Fireworks Safety (PDF)
Safe Kids Choking and Strangulation Prevention Tips
Tip Sheet: Battery Safety (PDF)
Tip Sheet: Falls Prevention (PDF)
Video: Fall Prevention for Families with Children with Special Needs
Tip Sheet: TV and Furniture Tip-Over Prevention (PDF)
Video: Today Show on TV Tip-Overs
Video: TV Tip-Overs: An Emerging Danger
Video: TV Tip-Overs: What Every Parent Needs to Know
Tip Sheet: Gun Safety (PDF)
Make Safe Happen Nationwide
Phone App: Make Safe Happen

Safe Sleep

Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury related death among children under 1 year of age. Nearly three-quarters of suffocation deaths among infants are from accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed. ABCs of Safe Sleep Alone, on my Back, in my Crib. The Florida Department of Children and Families, reports Seminole County had two Sleep Related Deaths in 2016 and 2017, SIDS/SUID 4 deaths in 2016, 5 deaths in 2017 and 3 deaths in 2018 as of August 6, 2018. Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition members include the Florida SIDS Alliance, Florida Department of Health Seminole County, Florida Healthy Babies, Florida Department of Children and Families, Healthy Start Coalition of Seminole County

Safe Kids Safe Sleep Tips
American Academy of Pediatrics
American SIDS Institute
The Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs
The National Sudden and Unexpected Infant/Child Death & Pregnancy Loss Resource Center
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Medication Safety

The risk is real: How families can help protect kids. Put all medicine up and away, out of children’s reach and sight. Remember to keep visitors’ purses, bags and coats out of reach, as they may contain medicine. Remember child-resistant packaging is not childproof. So put medicine away immediately after every use, even if you need to give another dose in a few hours. Save the Poison Help number – 1-800-222-1222 – in your phone and post it visibly at home so other caregivers can find it in an emergency.

Safe Kids Medication Safety Checklist English
Safe Kids Medication Safety Checklist Spanish
Safe Storage, Safe Dosing, Safe Kids English
Safe Storage, Safe Dosing, Safe Kids Spanish
Video: Simple Steps to Safe Medicine Storage

Poison Prevention

Every 30 seconds a child is poisoned in the United States. Each year, more than 1.1 million unintentional poisonings among children ages five and under are reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers. Approximately 92% of all poisonings occur in the home, and 53% involve children under the age of six. Children are at significantly greater risk from poisoning death and exposure than adults because they are smaller, have faster metabolic rates, and are less able to physically handle toxic chemicals. Also, their curiosity and desire to put everything in their mouths increases their poisoning risk. Florida Poison Information Center - Tampa serves on our Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition, and is available for parent organization presentations as well as other Coalition members.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have established a single number to use to reach your local poison control center. The number is 1-800-222-1222. When you call 1-800-222-1222 from anywhere in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, you're automatically connected to the nearest poison control center.

Poisonous Animals
Poisonous Plants
Look-A-Likes

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a silent killer. It sneaks up on you because it Can’t Be Seen, Can’t Be Smelled, Can’t Be Heard, but it can be stopped. You Can Prevent Carbon Monoxide Exposure

Every year, 21,000 people visit emergency rooms and more than 400 people are killed due to unintentional carbon monoxide poisonings. Young kids are at even greater risk, with a quarter of all calls to poison control centers due to CO poisonings being for children 19 and under.

Unintentional carbon monoxide poisonings account for approximately 400 to 500 deaths (all ages) and more than 15,000 emergency department visits in the United States annually. How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Tip Sheet: CO Poisoning Prevention
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention CDC

Additional Resources:
Child Safety Resource Guide
Children's Safety Network/
Child Safety and Injury Prevention - CDC
Prevention 1st Safety Resources

For additional information contact Nancy Norman, Safe Kids Coordinator at 407-665-2604 or 407-212-2378. To request a speaker for any of the above risk areas please complete and submit a Safe Kids Speaker Request Form.

Safe Kids Seminole County
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office
100 Eslinger Way
Sanford, Florida 32773
SafeKidsSeminole@seminolesheriff.org
407.665.2604


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