Injury Prevention
Contact Information: 740-652-2800
• Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death among children 1 to 4 years of age.
• Drowning is the second highest cause of unintentional death for children ages 1 - 14.
• Approximately 400 children younger than age 14 drown in pools and spas every year in the
  U.S. - more than a child a day.
• Drowning happens quickly and quietly - not with splashing and cries for help as portrayed on  television.
• Most children were being supervised by an adult just before they drowned. This is why it is important to
   use layers of protection.
• Approximately 3 out of 4 pool submersion deaths and 3 out of 5 pool submersion injuries occur at a
   home pool.
• In 2009, 18 children under thirteen years of age lost their lives to boating, and 50% of the children
   died from drowning.

For more information:

Safety Tips
• Home Drowning Prevention Tips
• Open Water Safety Tips
• Pool and Hot Tub Tips

• Each year, approximately 135 children die from bicycle-related injuries and more than 267,000
    nonfatal bicycle injuries occur.
• Helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by 88 percent; however, only 15 to 25 percent of
   children 14 and under usually wear a bicycle helmet.
• Helmets could prevent an estimated 75 percent of fatal head injuries and up to 45,000 head injuries
     to children who ride bikes each year.
• Unfortunately, about 53 percent of vehicle-related bike deaths to children happen on minor roads
    and residential streets.
• The single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle
    crashes is a helmet
•  A helmet should also be labeled to indicate that it meets the standards set by the U.S. Consumer
    Product Safety Commission. As long as itís certified, let kids pick out their helmets.
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•  In 2009, 244 children ages 14 & younger we killed as pedestrians.
•  In 2009, 13,000 children ages 14 & younger were injured as pedestrians.
•  76 percent of child pedestrian deaths occur at non-intersection locations.
    - For children under age five - 81 percent
•  42 percent of child pedestrian who are struck by cars are hit between 4 pm and 7:59 pm.
•  Almost two thirds of the child pedestrian fatalities occur on rural roadways.
•  The months of May and October have the highest number of child pedestrian deaths.
•  Those who are at the highest risk for pedestrian related injuries are: African-American children, male
    children, children living in high density areas and children residing in low-income households.
•  Safe Kids research shows one out of every six drivers in school zones is distracted.
    For more information: / Safety Tips
    Brochures:   Pedestrian Summer Safety & Safe Driving - Summer   

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Many Ohioans believe that accidents just happen, but that they donít happen to them. Most injuries arenít accidents - theyíre preventable. The threat of injury is one that lasts throughout your lifetime, but knowing your risks and taking steps to avoid injuries can help keep you and your loved ones safe.

In Ohio, unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for ages 1 through 44 and the fifth leading cause of death overall.  In a single year, more than 7,200 Ohioans died from injury-related causes.  On average, 18 people lost their lives each day, more than eight people were hospitalized each hour and three people were treated in emergency departments every minute for injury and violence-related causes.  Fatal and non-fatal, hospital-admitted injuries cost Ohioans approximately $30 billion annually in medical, quality-of-life and work loss costs.

Many injuries and associated costs can be proactively prevented by taking actions such as wearing a seatbelt, properly installing smoke alarms, correctly installing and using child safety seats, wearing a helmet, storing cleaning supplies in locked cabinets and educating the community about violence and maltreatment towards children, seniors and other vulnerable populations.

Below are some more ways you can live injury free: 
At Home, At Play, On the MoveIn Your Community, At Work
Read more about injury prevention at - click on Injury Prevention.

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Ohio Public Health Association
National Public Health Week
Concussion Fact Sheet
April is National Youth Sports Safety Month


The Fairfield County Childhood Injury Prevention Projectís goal is to prevent childhood injuries in Fairfield County. Lancaster youth in particular experience a greater number of traumatic injuries compared to all Fairfield County youth, as well as a 63% increase in the number of Lancaster youth treated in emergency rooms between 2007-2008.  Data also showed that at least 25% of these injuries were a result of a pedestrian, bicycle, or off-road incident.

This yearís activities include:
1.  Work with hospitals to include cause of injury on patient reports.  This is vital information for the development of an effective injury prevention program.
2.  Work with local police to promote enforcement of existing pedestrian ordinances.  Work with local governments to  consider pedestrian and bicycle safety in  every new construction or repair of existing roadways.
3.  Provide bike helmets to students who bicycle to school without a helmet.  Work with governments to provide traffic calming techniques on wide streets such as bike lanes, sidewalks, stencils and signage.
4.  Provide physician training on the use of an injury prevention materials for parents; provide information to physicians based on local risk factors; provide injury prevention training to groups who work with youth.
5. Develop youth based media campaigns to promote bike helmet use and off-road safety; implement Green Ribbon Month campaigns in September at schools to call attention to school zone speed limits, pedestrian and bicycle safety

This project was supported by the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administered by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC or ODH.  For more information about this project, contact the Fairfield Department of Health Injury Prevention Program at 740-652-2800.

The Safe Kids Coalition of Fairfield County is a collaborative group consisting of law enforcement, health care, child care, public schools, fire & EMS, parent organizations, traffic safety, and health representatives.

The mission of the Safe Kids Coalition of Fairfield County is to prevent unintentional injuries in children ages birth to 18 years.

Risk Areas That Are Targeted Locally Include:
Bicycle Safety,  Burns, Child Passenger Safety, Choking,  Drowning, Falls, Farm Injuries,  Fire,  Firearm Injuries, Pedestrian Injuries,  Poisoning, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Seatbelt Safety.

Did you know that your infant or child car seat may not be installed correctly?  Incorrect installation may mean that your child is not properly protected in the case of a sudden stop or accident.

About 90 percent of all car seats are used incorrectly.  Through car seat checks, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians are able to help parents learn to use their car seat so that their child is properly protected.  These specially trained technicians also provide parents with the most reliable up-to-date safety information available about car seats, including recall information.  It is important that parents direct their questions about car seats to a Certified Car Seat Technician.  Salespeople may not have current information about car seat safety.

Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs cause half of all crashes.  If youíre drinking, donít drive.  Designate a sober driver, call a friend, or stay where you are.

The Safe Kids Coalition of Fairfield County was formed in 1992. The Coalition is a non-profit, charitable organization which survives on donations, in-kind services, grants, and the hard work of community volunteers. The Coalition continues to grow in membership, strength and  accomplishments.

Donations support the purchase of child safety seats, bicycle helmets and other safety devices for families in need, as well as educational materials for students to encourage safe, responsible driving and vehicle passenger safety.

Funding provided in part by the:
Safe Kids Worldwide
The Ohio Department of Health
Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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Water Safety
Bike Safety
ATV Safety
Youth Injury Prevention Project
Safe Kids Coalition
Car Seat Checks
Safe Sleep

Buckle Up America
Car Seat Recalls
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