Safe Kids Clark County

Clark County Public Health works to keep kids safe by promoting safety policies, accident prevention, and being part of the Safe Kids Clark County coalition. AMR Southwest Washington provides local coordination for Safe Kids Clark County and it is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness month. Learn more about safe sleep practices for babies at NICHQ. Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and low-income families are disproportionately impacted by sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) and SIDS. These glaring inequities are rooted in systemic barriers caused by structural racism. Read recommendations for how health professionals and improvement initiatives can better support the health and well-being of Black families from three NAPPSS-IIN faculty experts.

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.

Meetings

Safe Kids Clark County meets on the third Tuesday of the month and has shifted to meeting every other month, with a break during the summer months.  Next meeting will be at 10:00am on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. 

Link to meeting on Teams will be posted prior to meeting.  All are welcomed!

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For the latest information, follow Safe Kids Clark County on Facebook

Safe Kids Clark County activities

Some of their priorities are proper installation and usage of children's car seats, educating the public about baby's safe sleep, bike safety and proper helmets, reducing child vehicular injuries and deaths, teens and distracted driving as well as water safety. 

Life jacket program

Safe Kids Clark County/AMR Southwest Washington 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 are re-stocked every summer, starting the week of Memorial Day. These stations were constructed by local Boy Scouts and the life jackets are funded by grants from the Nautical Safety Foundation.

Everyone is encouraged to use a life jacket while participating in water activities and then return the jacket to the loaner station. A properly fitted life jacket should be snug, but comfortable. When lifting the shoulders of the jacket, the child’s chin and ears should not slip through.

Life jackets can save lives! Be sure to wear a life jacket if you’re swimming in lakes, rivers or the ocean. Children should always wear life jackets. Inflatable toys do not keep children safe. Find more swim safety tips here.

Parents should vigilantly supervise their children at all times around the water. Clark County Code 9.05.080 prohibits adults from leaving children unaccompanied in or near a lake, pond or other waterway.

Klineline Pond at Salmon Creek Regional Park no longer has lifeguards on duty.

Child car seat safety

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Want professional help to learn how to install your child’s car seat? A trained technician will teach you everything you need to know to make sure your car seat is fitted and installed correctly. The technician will also verify that your child’s car seat meets federal standards and that it is not a counterfeit/knock-off.

If a car seat fitting is needed, schedule an appointment with Weston Perkins-Clark at the website Safe Kids Clark County. Weston Perkins-Clark, AMR Southwest Washington, is the Safe Kids Clark County coordinator.

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.

Other activities

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.

Bike safety

Safe Kids Clark County receives donations to purchase bike helmets for kids and promotes bike safety at local schools. The Walk, Run, Walk or Roll page has more information about bike safety as well as a Bike Safety Quiz.

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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.

Related information

For more information, contact the Chronic Disease Prevention team.