Clark County Public Health works to keep kids safe by promoting safety policies and being part of the Safe Kids Clark County coalition. Local coordination is provided by American Medical Response (AMR) Vancouver.
Safe Kids Clark County is a member of Safe Kids USA, a grassroots network of more than 600 coalitions and chapters that work closely with health professionals, educators, law enforcement officers, firefighters, paramedics, businesses, public policy makers, and, most importantly, parents and kids to promote child safety.
Safe Kids Clark County meets monthly from 10 am-11:30 am on the third Tuesday of every month at ESD 112, 2500 NE 65th Avenue, Vancouver; with the exception of no meetings in March, April, May, June, July and August in 2020.
Some of their priorities are proper installation and usage of children's car seats, baby's safe sleep, reducing child vehicular injuries and deaths, teens and distracted driving as well as water safety. Safe Kids Clark County maintains the life jacket loaner station at Klineline Pond during the summer months. Currently Eagle Scouts are building a life jacket station at Lewisville River and park. Once that is completed, Safe Kids Clark County will furnish the life jackets. 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 Clark County holds the Car Seat Safety Class & Clinic at PeaceHealth, 600 NE 92nd Avenue, Vancouver, on the 3rd Saturday of each month, from 9 to 10 am. Registration is open from 7:30 to 8:45 am. You must attend the one hour Car Seat Class to get an appointment for the Car Seat Clinic, which runs from 10 am to 2 pm. There are a limited number of car seats available for low-income families. Proof of need must be shown. Cost of the class is $20, cash or check. Safe Kids Clark County also sponsors training classes for people who would like to become child car seat technicians.
NOTE: PeaceHealth has cancelled all outside community and support groups, including the Car Seat Safety Class & Clinic, effective March thru August 2020 due to the potential spread of COVID-19 in the community. They will evaluate the situation later this summer.
New child car seat laws starting 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.
Safe Kids Week, May 3-9, 2020, is an annual education campaign to educate the public about life-saving programs. Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 6, 2020 and Walk to School Day is Oct. 2, 2020.
Safe Kids Clark County is a non-profit organization with 501C(3) status.
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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 infant sleep
- Bike safety
- Child passenger safety
- Falls prevention
- Firearm safety
- Fire safety
- Home safety
- Pedestrian safety
- Poison prevention tips
- Sports safety
- Toy safety
- TV and furniture tip-overs
- Water safety
- Product recalls
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, position statements and more.
For more information, contact the Chronic Disease Prevention team.