Who We Are


Who We Are
The Safe Kids St. Louis Coalition is happy that you chose to visit our site. We work hard to provide injury prevention for children ages 0-14 in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, Franklin County, and Washington County. We collaborate with many agencies to make sure that children in our area are safe. Please visit the portions that interest you and let us know if we can be of assistance.
 
What We Do
Safe Kids Worldwide promotes changes in attitudes, behaviors, laws and the environment to prevent accidental injury to children.  In the United States, we have contributed to a 45 percent reduction in the child fatality rate from accidental injury  –  saving an estimated 38,000 children’s lives.   Canada achieved a 37 percent reduction in child accidental deaths between 1994 and 2003, while the German child death rate declined 80 percent since 1980 and 75 percent in Austria between 1983 and 2003.  We’ve distributed more than 2.5 million bike helmets and 250,000 smoke alarms and checked more than 740,000 car seats.

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Contact Us

To find the nearest place to have your car seat checked Call (314) SSM-DOCS

For Program Questions:
Safekids St. Louis
Cathy Hogan
7980 Clayton Rd.
Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63117
(314) 612-5770
Cathy_Hogan@ssmhc.com

At Work

Did you know? 

  • Homes with smoke alarms (whether or not they are operational) typically have a death rate that is 40-50% less than the rate for homes without alarms.
  • Fires and burns are the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under. 
  • Children, especially those ages 5 and under, are at the greatest risk from home fire-related death and injury, with a fire death rate twice the national average.
  •   A less acute perception of danger, less control over their environment, and a limited ability to react promptly and properly to a fire contribute to this excess risk.

Smoke Alarms are Essential

  • As of 1997, 94 percent of homes in the United States had at least one smoke alarm. 
  • However, only three-quarters of all homes had at least one working smoke alarm. 
  • Nearly 40 percent of all home fires and more than half of all fire-related deaths in the home occur in the 6 percent of U.S. homes that have no smoke alarms.

Action Plan - Fire prevention starts with you ! 

Preparation and education are key elements of preventing fire tragedies.  Here are a few simple steps for you to help prevent a fire in your home. 

  • Purchase a smoke alarm.  Smoke alarms are available at a variety of price points; they can be battery operated or electrically hard wired in your home.  The most important thing to remember is that homes with smoke alarms (whether or not they are operational) typically have a death rate that is 40-50% less than the rate for homes without alarms.   
  • Install the smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, making sure that there is an alarm outside every separate sleeping area. New homes are required to have a smoke alarm in every sleeping room and all smoke alarms must be interconnected.
  • Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises). Ceiling mounted alarms should be installed at least four inches away from the nearest wall; wall-mounted alarms should be installed four to 12 inches away from the ceiling.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly; follow the manufacturer's instructions.  
  • Replace smoke alarms batteries once a year, or as soon as the battery chirps warning that the battery is low. 
  • Create and practice an escape route with your family.  Mark the two ways out of every room, including doors and windows. 
  • Chose a safe meeting place outside the home.  Make sure to mark this on your escape plan.   
  • Assign a person in the family to assist infants and older adults in the fire drill and in case of an emergency.   
  • Know what your smoke alarm sounds like.  Get out of the house, call 911 and stay out of the house until the fire department arrives. 

 

Tips for Fire Safety
Safety Tip 1

Keep matches and lighter's out of children's reach and site.

Safety Tip 2

Never use matches or lighters as a source of amusement for children.

Safety Tip 3 Keep and maintain a safe distance (36 in) between space heaters and anything that can burn.
Safety Tip 4

Test smoke alarms monthly; install a carbon monoxide detector in a central location outside sleeping areas.

Safety Tip 5 Create and practice an escape plan with your family. 
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