Preventing Childhood Injury
Link to Child Safety Seats
SAFE KIDS Howard County
As a member of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, SAFE KIDS Howard County serves as a grassroot effort to prevent childhood injuries.
Coordinator: Terry Taylor
General Information: 410-313-6090
- Since being founded in January 1999, Howard County SAFE KIDS has checked over 8,075 car seats.
- In three years, over 1,000 free bicycle helmets have been given out to the youth of Howard County.
Childhood Injury Facts
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of injury-related deathes in children 14 years and under.
- As of January 1, 2004, 141 children have been killed by passenger air bags. Approximately 92 percent of these deaths were among children either unrestrained or improperly restrained at the time of the crash, including 23 infants in rear-facing child safety seats placed in the front passenger seat.
- Although 96 percent of parents believe they install and use their child safety seats correctly, it is estimated that 82 percent of child safety seats are not installed and used correctly.
- In 2001, 134 children ages 14 and under died in bicycle-related crashes.
- In 2002, nearly 288,900 children ages 14 and under were treated in hospital emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries.
- Nearly 60 percent of all childhood bicycle-related deaths occur on secondary roads. The typical bicycle crash with a motor vehicle occurs within one mile of the bicyclist’s home.
- In 2001, 859 children ages 14 and under died as a result of unintentional drowning. Children ages 4 and under accounted for more than 60 percent of these deaths.
Injury Prevention Tips
- Every time you ride, wear a bicycle helmet that meets or exceeds the safety standards developed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. A helmet should sit on top of your head in a level position, and it should not rock forward and backward or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled but not too tightly. Ensure proper bike fit by bringing the child along when shopping for a bike. Buy a bicycle that is the right size for the child, not one he will grow into. When sitting on the seat, the child’s feet should touch the ground.
Childhood Injury Research