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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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

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Screens keep bugs out, not kids in.

Nothing says spring and summer like opening the windows, setting the chairs and table on the porch, or planting flowers to adorn your deck. Keeping windows and doors open not only provides fresh air through the home, but it is a hidden danger in your home if you have little ones.

Window falls increase dramatically during the spring and summer months; however, they can be prevented. It takes supervision and a device called a window guard.

Install window guards!

Window guards should be installed to prevent the little ones from being able to fall outside. They are easy to install and should have a release mechanism in the event of an emergency or the need to move to another window.

We also want to remind you that no device replaces active supervision. It’s the key to ensuring your child doesn’t have access to open windows or doors around the home.

 

 

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Place an Infant on Their Back to Sleep and Avoid Co-Sleeping to Reduce the Risk of SIDS 

When new parents bring home their newborn baby, they do everything imaginable to prepare for the raising of their child. Some read books, some take advice from other experienced parents, and some rely on their intuition. More realistically, it's probably a combination of all three sources. But even with all that knowledge and preparation, there are still a number of infant deaths that occur unexpectedly with healthy babies in the first year of their lives.  

Sudden infant death syndrome otherwise known as SIDS is defined as the sudden, unexpected death of an infant less than one year old where an autopsy cannot explain the cause of death. This is a very serious risk but can be greatly minimized with proper care. 

Parents may not realize the importance of putting their infant on his or her back to sleep or how it can play such a huge role in preventing these deaths. What other factors can help a parent avoid losing their baby to SIDS? 

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Toy Safety

  • Before shopping for toys, consider the child’s age, interest and skill level.
  • When shopping, read labels. Look for well-made toys and follow the age and safety information on the warning labels.
  • Keep toys with small parts away from children under age 3.
  • They can choke on small toys and toy parts.
  • Carefully read instructions for the assembly and use of toys.
  • Always remove and discard all packaging from a toy before giving it to a baby or small child.
  • Supervise children when they play and set good examples of safe play. A toy intended for an older child may be dangerous in the hands of a younger child.
  • Remind caregivers, including grandparents, of play-related safety concerns.
  • Separate and store toys by age levels. Teach children to put toys away after playing. Safe storage prevents falls and other injuries.
  • Check old and new toys regularly for damages such as sharp edges or small parts. Make any repairs immediately or throw away damaged toys.
  • Sign up to receive product recalls with the Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov.

 

More babies die each year in incidents involving cribs, than from any other nursery product.  Your baby spends a lot of time unsupervised in the crib, so learn to make it a safer place.

Buying a Safe Crib

All new cribs on the market today meet the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association.

Before getting a used crib, check to see if it has been recalled at www.recalls.gov.  Also, look for the following suffocation and strangulation hazards:

  • Sharp or jagged edges
  • Missing, broken or loose parts
  • Loose hardware
  • Cut out designs in the headboard or footboard
  • crib slats more than 2 3/8 inches aprt (width of a soda can)
  • corner psot extension of 1/16th of an inch high
  • gaps larger than 2 fingers width between the sides of the crib and matress
  • Drop side latches that could be easily released by your baby

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