Safe Kids Seminole County
To provide education, programs, and awareness about preventable injuries in an effort to keep our community’s children safe from injury.
What is Safe Kids?
In September 2002, Seminole County Board of County Commissioners
signed an agreement with the SAFE KIDS Worldwide
. This agreement helped to form Safe Kids Seminole County Coalition. The Seminole County Coalition is part of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign whose goal is preventing unintentional childhood injuries. Currently Safe Kids Seminole coalition is led by Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and is comprised of public, private, voluntary organizations, as well as individuals.
What do we do?
The SAFE Kids Seminole County Coalition founded in September 2002 by the Board of County Commissioners, and the Coalition began collecting members and partners to help support our goal. In our first year, fiscal year 2002/2003, the Coalition reached over 2,000 children. Today the Coalition is led by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office and continues to reach thousands of children each year in every aspect of the Safe Kids mission.
The SAFE KIDS Seminole County Coalition is continuing to expand our programs to help prevent other childhood injuries. Some of our current projects include:
Bike Pedestrian Safety
- Head Gear Hero Program (bicycle helmets)
- Furniture Safety / Home Safety Education
- Bike Rodeo programs
- Child Passenger Safety Seat Educational car classes
- Fire Safety/ Hear the Beep
- Carl the Crossing Bear pedestrian safety program
- And many more….
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.
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.
As an adult, you should set a good example by always wearing a helmet yourself. In Florida, it is the law for all youth under 16 to wear a bike helmet.
Interested in hosting a Bike Rodeo?
Click here for more information on how to get a bike rodeo supply kit.
Child Passenger Safety
Over 90 percent of all child restraint seats in Florida are put in vehicles wrong.
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 Program
Information on Infant Car Seat Fittings
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.
SAFE KIDS Seminole County Coalition meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, 100 Eslinger Way, Sanford, FL 32773. Meeting time is 1:30 pm.
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.
- Poisonous Animals
- Poisonous Plants
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.
Safe Kids Worldwide
The Safe Kids Worldwide Campaign 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.
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:
- 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.
Click here for Water Safety Tips.
SAFE KIDS Seminole County Coalition is proud to offer these additional educational resources. The following websites include more information on car seat and injury prevention, please visit the sites listed below.
Local Business Partners
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 the injuries and death to children in our community.
- Probity Pools - Longwood, Florida
- Pool Safety Resource - Longwood, Florida
Safe Kids Seminole County is currently recruiting new business/community partners. If you are interested in becoming a partner please contact Nancy Norman at 407-665-2604 or by email at email@example.com.
Becoming A 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. The Coalition meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 1:30pm. Location for the meeting is at the Seminole County Public Safety Complex, 150 Eslinger Way, Sanford, FL 32773.