Your child's safety is important to ProMedica Toledo Children's Hospital, which is the lead agency for Safe Kids Greater Toledo, a community-based initiative of Safe Kids U.S.A., Safe Kids is focused on the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries through public education, community programming, safety product distribution, legislation, and media outreach.
At Toledo Children's Hospital, we want to help your child be a Safe Kid with these topics on safety:
Bike and Pedestrian Safety: this program promotes safety as both a pedestrian and a participant in wheeled sports. A number of programs are used to promote proper helmet use and safe riding skills.
Child Passenger Safety: this program promotes the safety of children in and around vehicles. Safe Kids Greater Toledo offers free car safety seat checks throughout the community where parents and caregivers can have their child’s car seat inspected to ensure that it is the correct car seat for the child, have it checked for recalls, checked to make sure it is installed correctly, and if needed, can purchase a new car seat or booster seat. Safe Kids Greater Toledo also provides education regarding safety in and around cars, including topics such as Hyperthermia and Never Leaving a Child Alone, “Back Over/Front Over,” and Trunk Entrapment.
Fire and Burn Safety: this program is focused on the prevention of fires and general household safety. To help better educate children, Safe Kids Greater Toledo operates an interactive Fire Safety House, which allows for realistic education to take place in a completely safe environment – including discussions about the importance of smoke detectors and what to do when a smoke alarm sounds, reminders about how to call the 911 emergency center and a discussion about fire-escape plans. The Fire Safety House is funded by the ProMedica Toledo Hospital and Toledo Children’s Hospital Auxiliary.
Home Safety: this program combines the Water, Poison and Safe Sleep. Its goal is to develop programs that address the major home-related safety issues that children face, such as drowning, poisonings, falls, choking/suffocation, and firearm injuries – detailed programs on each safety issue are available.
For more safety information or to register for a program, please call 419-291-5993.
Safety Tips for Children with Special Needs
Injury is the leading cause of death in children older than one year of age. In 2001, more than 5,500 children ages 1 – 14 died from unintentional injuries. In addition, each year more than 92,000 children are permanently disabled. Children who have chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma and seizures are at the same risk for injury as other children. Unfortunately, children with disabilities in cognitive, emotional or social limitations have higher risks of injury than their peers.
This book, Safety Tips for Children with Special Needs (available in Spanish), contains general injury prevention information. Each family's situation is unique and each child has his or her own challenges. We encourage you to seek guidance from a medical specialist or injury prevention professional if you have questions that are not addressed in this book.
For more information, please call 419-291-5993.