Safe Kids USA
The Summit County Health Department is part of Safe Kids USA, a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14.
We have partnered to educate families, provide safety devices to families in need and advocate for better laws to help keep children safe, healthy and out of the emergency room.
Many injuries are predictable and preventable! According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year nearly 150,000 Americans die from injuries, making injury the leading cause of death among children and young adults and a significant problem for Americans of all ages. Nonfatal injuries account for approximately 114 million physician office visits and 25% of all emergency department examinations.
Injuries can be intentional — the result of someone trying to injure themselves or someone else (i.e. violence and suicide). Injuries may also be unintentional— the result of an event that was not planned or deliberate (i.e. falls, drowning, burns, bicycle or motor vehicle crashes).
Injury prevention (both intentional and unintentional) works to stop injuries before they occur. The Summit County Health Department uses a public health approach to injury prevention. This approach looks at risk factors including individual behavior, environmental hazards, unsafe products and societal behavior and values.
The Injury Prevention Program provides educational materials, information, consultation and technical assistance on a variety of intentional and unintentional injuries in Summit County:
- Bicycle Safety
- ATV/OHV Safety
- Pedestrian Safety
- Water Safety & Drowning Prevention
- Car Seat & Booster Safety
- Holiday Safety
- Falling Prevention
- Firearm Safety
- Poison Prevention
Paige Mitchell, BS, CHES®