SAFE KIDS MARION WORKGROUP
Safe Kids Marion Workgroup is a collaborative effort between Marion County Children's Alliance and Florida Health Department of Marion County.
The workgroup focuses on strategies to reduce both deaths and injuries from those occurrences that statistics show pose the greatest threat to our children and youth.
Around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds, and millions of children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime.
Safe Kids Marion County Injury Prevention Initiatives:
Drowning prevention – Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 4.
SIDS and Co-sleeping Prevention – Many SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) cases are later determined to be deaths due to suffocation. An unsafe sleep environment for infants, including co-sleeping, can cause suffocation.
Car seats, Pedestrian and Bike Safety - Car and truck crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths, followed by pedestrian injury and drowning among children ages 5 to 14.
The important thing to remember about preventable injuries is that they are preventable. Safe Kids Marion is the local branch of Safe Kids Worldwide- is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States. When a child dies or is seriously injured, the lives of families and entire communities are changed forever. But these tragedies don't have to happen. The important thing to remember about preventable injuries is that they are preventable. They often occur in predictable ways and can be completely avoided with the right education , awareness and planning.
Safe Kids will meet every 2nd Wednesday at 9 am at the Florida Department of Health in Marion County in the front auditorium. For more information contact Jessie Driggers at (352) 629-0137 ext. 2084.