Clark County Public Health works to keep kids safe by promoting safety policies and being part of the Safe Kids Clark County coalition. Safe Kids Clark County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Safe Kids USA is a grassroots network of more than 600 coalitions and chapters that work closely with health professionals, law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, educators, businesses, public policy makers, and, most importantly, parents and kids to promote child safety.
Safe Kids Clark County has resumed meetings on the third Tuesday of each month. Next meeting will be May 17, 2022, at 10 am on Microsoft Teams. Click here to join the meeting on May 17. All are welcome.
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Safe Kids Clark County activities
Some of their priorities are proper installation and usage of children's car seats, educating residents about baby's safe sleep, reducing child vehicular injuries and deaths, teens and distracted driving as well as water safety.
Safe Kids Clark County/AMR Vancouver maintains the life jacket loaner stations at Klineline Pond, Marine Park and Lewisville River and park during the summer months. The loaner stations with life jackets ranging in size from infant to adult will be re-stocked by Memorial Day. These stations were constructed by local Boy Scouts and the life jackets are funded by grants from the Nautical Safety Foundation.
Safe Kids Clark County and their volunteers also participate in the annual Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day events at several local elementary schools.
Safe Kids Worldwide promotes Safe Kids Week, May 8-14, 2022, an annual communication campaign to educate the public about life-saving programs.
Car seat safety class & clinic
Safe Kids Clark County previously held the Car Seat Safety Class & Clinic at PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth cancelled all outside community and support groups, including the Car Seat Safety Class & Clinic, due to COVID-19.
If a child car seat fitting is needed, contact Kanessa at Kanessa.Thompson@gmr.net
New child car seat laws that went into effect January 1, 2020, have important changes to Washington's Child Restraint law. Children up to 2 years old must ride in a rear-facing car seat and from 2-4 years must ride in a car seat with harness. Children shorter than 4 feet, 9 inches and who have outgrown the child harness seat must use a booster seat, regardless of age. Also, children under 13 must ride in the back seat of the vehicle. This new law decreases the chance of children dying or being seriously injured in a collision.
Keep your child safe at home, at play and on the way!
Keep your child safe at home, at play and on the way!Accidental injury is the leading cause of death in children 14 and under. Most of these injuries are preventable. Safe Kids Worldwide offers education and resources to parents, guardians, educators, and others. Topics include:
Safe Kids Worldwide also advocates for smart public policies to improve child safety and prevent injuries. For more information on their advocacy, read their letters of support and position statements.
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