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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.healthychildren.org

Bikes for All People (B4AP)

Bicycling resources for all ages and levels of riders. A Community Development for All People program, sponsored in part by our Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families initiative, Bikes For All People provides access to bicycles and cycling-related resources to those who rely on bikes as their sole means of transportation. They also accept donations and offer new and pre-owned bikes, parts, tools and cycling gear, group rides, free maintenance classes and an open repair shop.
934 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 670-8685
bikes4allpeople.com

Car Seat Inspection Sites

Many locations throughout Central Ohio have free inspections and help with installing your child’s car seat. Contact a Certified AAA Child Passenger Safety Technician location near you for available days and times, or call AAA Ohio’s main office.
90 East Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(888) 222-6446
http://traffic-safety.ohio.aaa.com/child-safety-seats/

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

Columbus Division of Fire Smoke Detector Hotline

Call the hotline for a free smoke detector, battery and installation.
3639 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
(614) 724-0935
www.columbus.gov/fire

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Healthy Homes Program

Provides assistance and advice on creating a safe home environment. This program is for eligible residents in Columbus and Worthington. Services include:

  • Phone consultations
  • Information on asthma triggers and other household dangers
  • Mandatory lead inspections for homes with lead poisoned children (Lead Poisoning Prevention Program)
  • Free HEPA vacuum loan for lead hazard clean-up
  • Presentations to Columbus community organizations, neighborhood associations, day care centers, and school staff
  • Displays of healthy home educational information at fairs and special events
  • Referrals to services for landlords, tenants, and homeowners

240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Healthy Homes Contact: (614) 645-8191
Lead Poisoning Contact: (614) 724-6000
columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/healthy-homes

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Injury Prevention Program

Provides several services related to injury prevention and home safety:

  • Low-cost car seats and booster seats to families in need (Ohio Buckles Buckeyes Program)
  • Free car seat checks at fitting stations throughout Columbus
  • Low-cost home safety inspections for houses that provide in-home childcare
  • Fire prevention and pedestrian safety programs (Safe Kids Central Ohio)

240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7748
www.columbus.gov

Consumer Dangers

Provides a comprehensive free online resource for the public to learn more about every day products that can potentially cause harm.  This website is continually updated with breaking news from government agencies, watchdog groups, and concerned citizens about recalls, medical dangers, products and safety affecting consumers.
www.consumerdangers.com

Distraction.gov

National Highway and Transportation Association provides this informative website for parents, educators, teens, employers and community groups to access information about the dangers of distracted driving.  You can find resources on several distracting actions that have proven to be unsafe and not important enough to do while driving.
1200 New Jersey Avenue, Southeast, Washington, DC 20590
(888)327-4236
http://www.distraction.gov

Franklin County Public Health Community Services

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

Franklinton Cycle Works

Helps families keep their bikes in good working order through its free Open Shop program in which people are guided through the necessary bicycle repairs by a volunteer mechanic. Youth helmets are free and refurbished bikes and new and used parts can be purchased at an affordable rate.
897 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 228-1852
franklintoncycleworks.org

Grow Up Safe

Provided in partnership with the Center for Research and Injury Policy, this website helps parents and professionals find information and resources related to child injury and prevention in Ohio. They provide links to organizations, resources and tips on ways to learn about safety topics and current information about injury prevention.  Their social media page has lessons that organizations can follow when using social media and interacting online with the internet audience.
575 Children’s Crossroad, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
growupsafe.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

This website offers a broad range of information on many topics for parents:

kidshealth.org

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) Columbus Metro Bike Map

Offers information and local resources about local biking events and trails, bicycle safety, promotes bicycling in central Ohio.
111 Liberty Street Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 228-2663
morpc.org/transportation/bicycle-pedestrian

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

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
nhtsa.gov

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
nationwidechildrens.org/injury-research-and-policy-injury-topics

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.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
nationwidechildrens.org/e-newsletter-sign-up

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Health Information Library

Find information about the disease, condition, procedure or test you need. Also, find relevant information on various health topics for parents, kids and teens.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-2000
healthlibrary.nationwidechildrens.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Kohl’s Cares Safety for All Seasons Program

Find an easy Car Seat Chooser app, Play it Safe! video game, plus coloring and activity pages to download and print regarding car seat and other safety topics (sport helmets, poison, fire, drowning, falls, etc.) on the program’s website.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0679
www.nationwidechildrens.org/safety

NetSmartz Workshop

This program of provides age-appropriate resources such as, videos, games, activity cards, and presentations to help teach children and teens about how to be safer and avoid the dangers that exist on the internet (online and offline). It is an interactive, education program developed by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).
699 Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(800) 843-5678
www.netsmartz.org

Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence (OCAGV)

Offers free and anonymous support and education regarding gun violence. Tell an adult or call 1-866-773-2587 to report a weapon threat at school.
P.O. Box 16836, Columbus, OH 43216
(614) 769-7386
www.ohioceasefire.org

Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Provides lead poisoning prevention programs throughout Ohio. Ohio residents can borrow vacuum cleaners to help free their home of lead dust.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 532-3723
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) 755-4769
www.odh.ohio.gov/health/vipp/cps/cps.aspx

Prevent Child Injury

This national organization was started to raise awareness about the problem of child injury, offer solutions and reduce child injury and death. They offer safety toolkits and dozens of downloadable safety plans to share with families and child advocates.
National Center for Injury Prevention & Control
1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, Georgia 30329
www.preventchildinjury.org

Sesame Street in the Communities

Offers providers and parents resources to help children thrive and deal with some common issues that affect children’s lives. Explore topics related to health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness.

1900 Broadway, New York, New York 10023
(212) 595-3456
sesamestreetincommunities.org
To view their additional toolkit: sesamestreet.org/toolkits

Stay Safe Online

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

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) 346-3656
toxtown.nlm.nih.gov

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

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

University of Michigan Injury Center

Click here to view their “Parents’ Guide to Home Firearm Safety” handout on gun safety at home.
2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
(734) 232-2105
www.injurycenter.umich.edu

Yay Bikes!

Provides bicycle education for individuals and groups, programmed community events and leads fun, accessible rides to places in Columbus, year-round.
82 East 16th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 470-4220
yaybikes.com