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Office of Injury Prevention
Safe Kids Arizona
SAFE KIDS Are No Accident!
"If a disease were killing our children at the rate unintentional injuries are, the public would be outraged and demand that this killer be stopped."
C. Everett Koop, M.D.
National SAFE KIDS Campaign
What is the Safe Kids Arizona Coalition?
Safe Kids Arizona is a state-wide program dedicated to the prevention of unintentional injury for Arizona's children under 14 years of age. Safe Kids Arizona is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide. Local Safe Kids Coalitions throughout Arizona receive leadership and technical assistance from Safe Kids Arizona.
Why is this program needed?
Childhood injuries remain the leading cause of death for Arizona's children:
- Vehicle Crashes
- 50% (51%) of preventable child deaths in Arizona in 2011 were due to unintentional injury (accidents) according to the Arizona Child Fatality Review. Motor vehicle crashes are the most common cause of accidental deaths.
- 60% (47%) of the children who died in motor vehicle accidents in 2011 were not using restraints. (Child Fatality Review)
- Child safety seats are 71% effective in reducing fatalities among infants (younger than 1 year old), 54% effective for toddlers (1 to 4 years old), and booster seats in children (4 to 8 years old) are 59% more effective than vehicle safety belts (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
- Suffocation is the second most common cause of accidental death. 45 children died as the result of unintentional suffocation in 2011. (Child Fatality Review)
- Drowning is the third most common cause of accidental deaths. In 2011, the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program identified that 31 children (56% were between 1 and 4 years of age) died from drowning.
- The most effective interventions to avoid drowning are focused adult supervision, four sided isolation fencing with self-closing/self-latching gate, and ability to swim by age 8 (National Safe Kids Campaign)
What are the goals of the program?
Safe Kids Arizona's mission is to reduce unintentional injuries to Arizona children by creating safer homes and communities through education and intervention. Community assessments and action plans are developed each year, providing detailed strategies to reduce childhood injury in communities across Arizona.
What has the program achieved?
In Arizona, there are five local Safe Kids Coalitions, one local chapter, and the Arizona State Coalition. Educational materials, assistance in creating new coalitions, and other injury prevention strategies for communities are available from the Safe Kids Arizona Coalition. Local Coalition accomplishments include regular car seat testing events, a permanent car seat testing site, child passenger safety (CPS) technician certification and development of resource materials for public education.