The Safe Kids Southeastern Pennsylvania Coalition was formed in 1988 as part of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injuries, a leading killer of children 14 and younger. Safe Kids Southeastern Pennsylvania is a local, grassroots Coalition that covers Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.
The Safe Kids Southeastern Pennsylvania Coalition has been chosen to receive a grant to administer the Use it Right. Close it Tight. Out of Sight. – a medication safety awareness campaign.
Safe Kids Southeastern Pennsylvania has joined forces with Safe Kids Worldwide (SKW), McNeil Consumer Healthcare and the Philadelphia Poison Control Center to raise awareness of medication-related injuries to children 5 and younger, and to work to decrease these preventable injuries by educating parents and caregivers about responsible medication storage, dosing and disposal.
The coalition organized and conducted educational sessions for the target audiences (parents, grandparents and other caregivers) and will continue to do so throughout the year.
The following educational materials have been developed as a result of the campaign to help parents and caregivers keep children safe:
The Safe Kids Southeastern Pennsylvania Coalition has been chosen to receive a grant to launch an effort to prevent injuries from TV and furniture tip-overs and educate communities by calling on families to conduct a quick TV safety check, which includes the following steps:
Grant funding was made possible by SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide. New research entitled "A Report to The Nation on Home Safety: The Dangers of TV Tip-Overs" was released by Safe Kids Worldwide & SANUS that revealed from 2000 to 2010, on average, every three weeks, a child dies from a television tipping over.
Unintentional injury is the leading killer of children ages 1 to 14 years. This year, 1 in 4 children will suffer an injury serious enough to require medical attention. Injuries are the second leading cause of hospitalization and the leading cause of emergency room visits among children less than 14 years of age. Most injuries are easily preventable!
The Safe Kids Southeastern Pennsylvania Coalition is comprised of health, medical, safety and community organizations as well as local businesses working together to fight childhood injuries. View our member directory»
Please call 215-590-KIDS (5437) for more information.