Safety

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Car Seat Safety Guide

Has information on topics ranging from car safety seats to school buses to teen driving.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(847) 434-4000
www.aap.org

Car Seat Basics at St. Ann’s Hospital

Join a certified car seat technician to learn all you need to know about the best car seat protection for your child based on his or her age and weight. Learn how to properly fit a car seat into your car or van, how to correctly use the safety belt system, and how to adjust LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) in this free class offered once a month.
500 South Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 898-MOMS
www.mountcarmelhealth.com

Car Seat Inspection Sites

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has identified places where car seats may be checked to assure correct installation. A list is provided online.
www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm

Central Ohio Poison Center

Provides state-of-the-art poison prevention, treatment and information. They handle more than 42,000 calls annually, are available 24 hours a day and offer free, confidential advice.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(800) 222-1222
www.nationwidechildrens.org

Central Ohio Trauma System Smoke Alarms

Helps people find agencies in their community that will help them obtain a free smoke alarm. Click for the smoke alarm guide to find out eligibility and who to contact in your area.
431 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 240-7410
www.goodhealthcolumbus.org

Columbus Division of Fire Smoke Detector Hotline

Call the hotline for a free smoke detector, battery and installation.
3675 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 724-0935
www.columbusfire.org

Columbus Public Health Childhood Injury Prevention Program

Provides reduced-cost car seats to families in need, free car seat checks at fitting stations throughout Columbus, and safety inspections of childcare homes. Programs are offered to Franklin County residents. Parents are required to attend a one-hour class and can receive a seat for around $20-$30. Seats are available for infants older than 3 months or more than 15 pounds. Check their event schedule online.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7748
http://publichealth.columbus.gov

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Healthy Homes Program

Provides assistance and advice on creating a safe home environment. This program conducts phone consultations for home environmental health concerns such as asthma and lead, home risk assessment for asthma triggers and other home hazards, personalized home education session based on the risk assessment.  They also offer help finding community resources.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-8191
http://publichealth.columbus.gov

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Provides free lead testing for children ages 6 months to 6 years in the Columbus and Worthington areas. Program staff performs lead investigations in homes were children have been identified as being lead poisoned. They also offer a free HEPA vacuum loan for residential lead hazard clean-up.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-5315
http://publichealth.columbus.gov

Columbus Public Health Injury Prevention Program

This program is designed to educate and provide bike helmets to people at low cost ($10).
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7748
http://publichealth.columbus.gov

Franklin County Public Health

The community environmental services team can inspect housing conditions, housing violations, weeds, rats and much more. They also investigate animal bites and provide low-cost rabies immunizations. Additionally, they provide a limited number of free home radon test kits to Franklin County residents.
280 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3160
www.myfcph.org

Franklin County Public Health Community Services

The community environmental services team can inspect public pools, housing conditions, animal bites, mosquitoes, rats and much more. Report lost animals, and find out about low-cost vaccines for pets.
280 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3160
www.myfcph.org

I-Safe

Provides internet safety education for kids and teens. X-Block is an online site for students to learn about cyber safety and share their online experiences with others.
6189 El Camino Road, Carlsbad, California 92009
(760) 603-7911
www.isafe.org

Kids Health: Choosing a Car Seat

Provides information on how to choose a safe infant or child car seat.
1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, Delaware 19803
http://kidshealth.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Injury Research & Policy

Their website provides information on a variety of safety topics, including bicycle safety, passenger safety, concussions, backyard safety, child care safety, computer safety and more.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2400
http://injuryresearch.net/resourcelibrary.aspx

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health E-Hints

Health e-Hints is a free, unique e-newsletter written by pediatric specialists and customized to meet the health and safety needs of your family. When you enter the ages of your own children, you’ll only get the articles that are relevant to your family. The newsletter is completely customized just for you! Click below to sign up.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
www.nationwidechildrens.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health Information Library

Find age appropriate and medically reviewed health articles, breaking news, games, quizzes, health movies and much more for parents, kids and teens.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
www.nationwidechildrens.org

National Highway & Transportation Authority Child Passenger Safety Program

Their website provides a lot of information about car safety ratings, how to register car seats and find out about recalls, airbags, reporting vehicle theft, seat belt and car seat laws, finding a car seat inspection site and more.
1200 New Jersey Avenue, Washington, DC 20590
Toll-Free: (888) 327-4236
www.nhtsa.gov

NetSmartz

Communication is an effective tool for parents and guardians when helping their children avoid the dangers that exist on the Internet. NetSmartz provides learning activities for parents to facilitate discussions with their children and teens about Internet safety. It is an educational safety resource developed by the Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
699 Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(800) 843-5678
www.netsmartz.org

Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence

Offers free and anonymous support and education regarding gun violence. Tell an adult or call 1-866-SPEAK-UP to report a weapon threat at school.
PO Box 1078, Toledo, Ohio 43697
(419) 244-7442
www.ohioceasefire.org

Ohio Department of Health Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Provides lead poisoning prevention programs throughout Ohio. Ohio residents can borrow vacuum cleaners to help free their homes of lead dust.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877)LEADSAFE or (614)466-5332
www.odh.ohio.gov

Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Ohio Buckles Buckeyes Program

Provides free car seats to low-income families throughout Ohio. Families must attend an educational class. The program is designed for families with babies and small children who have outgrown their infant seat.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800)755-GROW or (800)755-4769
www.odh.ohio.gov

Safe Kids Central Ohio & Columbus Health Department

Safe Kids Central Ohio and Columbus Public Health have teamed up to offer child safety and car seat classes. Car seat checks are offered at locations throughout central Ohio. They also offer fire prevention and pedestrian safety programs.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-6138
www.safekidscentralohio.org

Stay Safe

Contains resources on internet safety and security for people of all ages. Offers advice and support on cyber-bullying, computer security issues and fraud prevention.
www.staysafeonline.org

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC)

Provides answers to questions about the safety of products that children use such as cribs and strollers. The USCPSC is committed to protecting the public from products that can injure children. The website lists product recalls and allows consumers to report safety issues.
4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
(800) 638-2772
www.cpsc.gov

Tox Town

The National Library of Medicine provides helpful information about toxic chemicals and environmental health risks that kids may encounter in everyday life.
8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20894
Toll-Free: (888) FIND-NLM
http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov