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

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Injury Trends Fact Sheet

Safety FactsKey Facts

Safe Kids USA is a national organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury, the leading killer of children ages 14 and under. The US has witnessed an overall reduction in unintentional injury-related mortality in the past two decades. Safe Kids USA has supported research, development, and implementation of various preventative safety programs to meet these injury needs through a network of 300 coalitions and 16 member countries including the United States.


Unintentional Injury-Related Death Rates

  • In 1987, there were 7,986 unintentional injury deaths among children less than 14 years of age. In 2004, there were 5,359 unintentional injury deaths among children less than 14 years of age.

1987 - 2004 Unintentional Injury Deaths, Ages 0 to 14, United States

  • From 1987 – 2004 there has been a 43 percent decrease in unintentional injury deaths rate.

The number of unintentional injury deaths for leading causes among children
less than 14 years of age has deteriorated from 1987 to 2004:


Injury Prevention Efforts

Child Safety Seats

  • All 50 states and the District of Columbia have child restraint laws. In 40 states and D.C., all children less than 16 years of age are covered by either safety belt laws or child restraint laws.
  • As of November 2006, 38 states and the District of Columbia have upgraded their child restraint laws requiring the use of booster seats or other appropriate child restraint device by children as old as 9 years of age.

Bicycle Helmets

  • Twenty-one states, the District of Columbia and over 140 localities have enacted some form of mandatory child bicycle helmet legislation; more than half of the laws cover children less than 15 years of age.
  • Eight states and Washington, D.C. now require children to wear a helmet while participating in other wheeled sports (e.g., scooters, inline skates, and skateboards) since the launch of Safe Kids.

Fire and Burns

  • All national and regional code-making bodies have amended their plumbing code language to require anti-scald technology and a maximum water heater temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit in all newly constructed residential units
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