Childhood Safety

Gun Safety

By now, you probably know what guns are and what can happen if they fall into the wrong hands. Even though guns are featured in many television shows, video games, computer games, and movies, it’s important to know that real guns are dangerous. Guns are so dangerous that they can hurt or even kill someone you know – including other kids.
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Cribs for Kids (SIDS Prevention)

A program of the Maternity Care Coalition that provides cribs for needy families in Philadelphia to help reduce the deaths due to SIDS and improper sleep environment. Cribs are provided to families who are otherwise unable to purchase one. In addition, Cribs for Kids provides education and training on proper sleep environment to all families receiving a crib, as well as health providers and the public- 215-989-3589
www.momobile.org

Lead Information

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III indicates that 4.4% of children ages 1-5 have blood lead levels of 10 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dL) or greater. Levels of 10 ug/dL have been associated with harmful effects on children’s learning and behavior. Ingestion of dust generated by deteriorating lead-based paint (LBP) and renovations of surfaces containing LBP is the leading cause of childhood lead poisoning. Approximately 45% of Pennsylvania housing was built prior to 1950 and is likely to contain LBP. Call 215-685-2797 for more information.
www.phila.gov/health/units/lead

Poison Control Center

The mission of the center is to reduce the number of accidents, severity of injuries, the number of deaths, and the healthcare costs associated with poison exposures- 800-222-1222
poisoncontrol.chop.edu

Car Seats

Every state requires that infants and children ride buckled up. However, state laws do not always require the safest way to transport a child. More children are still killed as passengers in car crashes than from any other type of injury. Using a car safety seat correctly can help prevent injuries to young children, but it is not as easy as you think. Just a little mistake in how the car safety seat is used could cause serious injury to your child.
www.aap.org/family/carseatguide.htm

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety Information

Click below for information on CO safety.
http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/466.html

Bike Safety

See link below for Bike Safety tips from the Department of Transportation.
www.nhtsa.dot.gov