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Okanogan County SAFE KIDS. WELCOME!. Okanogan County SAFE KIDS. Overview. Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent unintentional childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under.

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Okanogan County SAFE KIDS

  • Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent unintentional childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under.
  • More than 450 coalitions in 16 countries bring together health and safety experts and educators to protect families.
member countries

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Member Countries












United States

New Zealand

South Africa

United Arab Emirates



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Grassroots Strength

More than 600 SAFE KIDS coalitions and chapters in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico


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  • Washington State Coalitions
  • One State Coalition, 11 National Coalitions, 4 State Chapters
injury types

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Injury Types
  • There are also two types of injury.
    • Unintentional: resulting from an accident
    • Intentional: resulting from assault, abuse, or suicide
injury mechanisms

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Injury Mechanisms
  • Injuries are caused by two different mechanisms.
    • Exposure to energy: either through a direct energy source, like heat or electricity, or through the energy created by a crash or a fall
    • Absence of essentials for life: such as heat or oxygen, as in the case of drowning
preventing unintentional childhood injury

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Preventing Unintentional Childhood Injury
  • In the US, unintentional injury is the number one cause of death among children ages 14 and under.
  • More children die from unintentional injury than from cancer, heart disease, and birth defects.
  • 1 out of every 5 US children will need medical attention for an unintentional injury this year.

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Source: CDC/NCHS/NVSS, 1998


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More than 60% of unintentional injury deaths result from

motor vehicle injuries, drowning and pedestrian injuries.

Source: CDC/NCHS/NVSS, 1998

leading causes of unintentional injuries resulting in hospital visits by children 14 and under

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Leading Causes of Unintentional Injuries Resulting in HOSPITAL VISITS by Children 14 and under
  • Falls
  • “Struck by and against”
  • Overexertion
  • Injuries where a child is cut or pierced
  • Bites or stings
safe kids risk areas

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Safe Kids Risk Areas
  • Motor vehicle occupant injury
  • Drowning, including near-drowning
  • Pedestrian injury
  • Airway obstruction injury (suffocation, strangulation and choking)
  • Fires and burns
  • Bicycle-related injuries
  • Unintentional firearm injuries
  • Falls
  • Poisoning
  • Sports and recreation-related injury
why are children injured

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Why Are Children Injured
  • Their bodies are smaller and more fragile
  • Their state of cognitive development
  • Their motor coordination and reflexes
  • Their limited life experience
which children are at risk

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Which Children are at Risk?
  • Males, who are injured more often than females
  • Native American and African-American children, who generally have the highest death rates from unintentional injury (Asian-Americans have the lowest)
  • Children from economically disadvantaged families
age as a factor

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Age as a Factor
  • Under age 1 = airway obstruction is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death
  • 1 – 4 = drowning
  • 5 – 14 = motor vehicle occupant injuries
factors that influence injury occurrence

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Factors that influence injury occurrence
  • Host – the characteristics of the person who is injured (e.g. the child)
  • Agent – the means by which the injury takes place (e.g. the plastic bag that denies oxygen to the child)
  • Environment – the setting within which the injury occurs (e.g. the presence of an open and unbarred window through which a child can fall)
injury control

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Injury Control
  • Prevention
  • Acute Care
  • Rehabilitation

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  • This problem does have a solution, it is PREVENTION.
  • Injuries are NOT random. They occur in predictable patterns, many of which are based on the child’s age, sex, the time of day, and season of year.
make it a safe kids summer

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Make it a Safe Kids summer!
  • Summer is the most dangerous time of year for kids.
  • Children will be rushed to emergency rooms nearly 3 million times this summer. Don’t let your child be one of them!
  • “Trauma Season” = May to Aug
summer focuses

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Summer Focuses
  • Ride Safe
  • Swim Safe
  • Wheel Safe
  • Walk Safe
  • Play Safe
ride safe

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Ride Safe
  • I make sure that all my kids have their own child safety seat or safety belt that’s appropriate for their age and size, and that they sit in a back seat.
  • I study both my vehicle owner and car seat manuals carefully.
swim safe

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Swim Safe
  • I always supervise young children near water, including pools, spas, toilets, bathtubs and buckets.
  • We wear personal floatation devices when out on boats, near open bodies of water or participating in water sports.
water safety checklist
Never leave children alone near water

Tell children never to run, push, or jump on others around water

Learn infant and child CPR

Children should always wear US Coast Guard approved life jackets

Inflatable inner tubes and “water wings” are not safety devices

Keep toilet lids down

Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed

Children in baby bath seats and rings must be within arm’s reach every second

Teach children to swim after age 4

Make sure children swim within designated swimming areas of rivers, lakes, and oceans

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Water Safety Checklist
wheel safe

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Wheel Safe
  • My kids wear properly fitting helmets and other protective gear every time they ride their bikes, scooters, in-line skates or skateboards.
  • My children know the rules of the road and obey all traffic laws.
walk safe

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Walk Safe
  • I never let children under age 10 cross the street alone.
  • My kids wear reflective materials and carry a flashlight when it’s dark, at dawn and at dusk.
play safe

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Play Safe
  • I supervise my children at playgrounds and make sure there is a safe surface such as mulch, gravel, rubber or fine sand.
  • My kids always wear the right, properly fitted protective gear when they practice and play team sports.

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The Solution

A Comprehensive Approach to Injury Prevention

  • Education—We increase knowledge and change behavior with consumer communications, media campaigns, retail promotions and community-based activities.
  • Empowerment—We empower parents and communities to take responsibility for their children’s safety by fueling a national
  • grassroots network.
  • Environment—We increase the quality of children’s lives by enhancing design, development and distribution of safety products, and by improving the environment where children live and play.
  • Enactment—We work to pass, strengthen and enforce laws, and encourage the development of voluntary safety standards and guidelines to protect children.
  • Evaluation—We determine the most effective behavior-changing strategies and programs through research, data collection and surveillance.

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Making a Difference!Decline in the Child Injury Death Rate Since the Safe Kids Campaign Launch in 1987

Nearly 40%

Source: CDC/NCHS/NVSS, 1999

*Note: Injury Coding Changes Occurred between 1998 and 1999


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Economic Impact

  • Injury is the leading cause of medical spending for children ages 5-14.
  • Annual lifetime cost of child injury is nearly $157 billion, which includes $5 billion in direct medical costs, $3.3 billion in future earnings lost and $148 billion in lost quality of life.

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Economic Impact (cont.)

  • Every $1 spent on a child safety seat saves $32 in direct medical costs and other costs to society
  • Every $1 spent on a bicycle helmet saves $30 in direct medical costs and other costs to society
  • Every $1 spent on a smoke alarm saves $69 in fire-related costs

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Partnerships with Federal Agencies

  • United States Fire Administration
  • • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)